Ted Hughes – The Iron Man

 

The illusions of educational fairy tales

Written in 1968, this cloying, pacifist tale is pleasing to read, but mostly trivial in content and, particularly, in its ending. So much to leave the adult reader with a feeling of despair, and bored by such predictable mushiness. Maybe we should not deprive children of their illusions, but is it really what we want to educate them to believe that all will end well as if by magic, without any justification, and that conflicts and wars will end as a result of a clash of titans with giant egos? Is this truly educational?
Amazing illustrations by Iacopo Bruno.

Translation by Matteo Ciucci (edited by Sara Di Girolamo)

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Heiko H. Caimi
Heiko H. Caimi, born in 1968, is a writer, screenwriter, poet and teacher of fiction writing. He has collaborated as an author with publishers Mondadori, Tranchida, Abrigliasciolta and others. He has taught at the Egea bookshop of Bocconi University in Milan and several other schools, libraries and associations in Italy and Switzerland. Since 2013 he has been editorial director of the literature magazine Inkroci. He is one of the founders and organizers of the traveling literary festival Libri in Movimento. He collaborates with the news magazine "InPrimis" keeping the column "Pages in a minute" and with the blog of the writer Barbara Garlaschelli "Sdiario". He published the novel "I predestinati" (The Predestined, Prospero, 2019) and edited the anthology of short stories "Oltre il confine. Storie di migrazione" (Over the border. Migration stories, Prospero, 2019).