Donald Barthelme – Snow White

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An Uncategorizable Novel

A novel that proceeds by fragments (the only form that Donald Barthelme said he could trust), which are narrated by an individual plurality: seven men who share a house (and not only that) with Snow White, who only shares her name with the Grimms’ heroin.
Thanks to a completely overturned language and to a structure reminding the involuntary brush strokes of a painter, Snow White appears trash, ironic, but also very deep. The fairy tale turns into an experience that shows never-seen-before scenarios, reformulates concepts, and imprints the deepest recesses of your mind.
When this book was published, in 1967, it broke with tradition; nowadays is still very up-to-date.

Translation by Stefano Bragato (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)