Folk Tales From Germany

About Kathakali Mukherjee

Kathakali Mukherjee, born 1971, was a student of Sanskrit – Epigraphy and ancient Indian history. But her interest in language and literary studies led her learning another couple of European languages as well.
She worked for media libraries in Kolkata; also spent several years as technical translator, process and team manager with German and Indian software companies in Bangalore. Currently staying in Gurugram or Kolkata, she is engaged with reading and writing.
Apart from experimenting with short stories, she works on literary translation of fable and fairy tales as well as historical fictions. She is exploring the treasure trove left by esteemed Bengali and German authors between 18th-19th centuries these days.
She writes poems during her busy days when time does not permit her to sit at the writing desk.
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Her self-published works:
"You and me" is a collection of poems
And her effort of translating a selection of articles from Lokrahasya “Secrets of the Humankind – Satiric Articles by Bankimchandra Chattopadhyay,”:

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Märchen are stories evolved in German speaking regions in Europe, i.e. those parts of the land we call Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Lichtenstein, and the neighbouring countries where German was once practiced as people’s language. These are different kinds of folktales. Many translate Märchen as fairy tales. I prefer using folk tale as equivalent for Märchen. These stories do not follow the rules of commonly known fairy tales, which are usually stories of kings and queens, princess and princesses, where the creatures from the world of fantasy do reign. How different are Märchen from fairy tale? Let’s discover in this new series.

Grimm’s Märchen, popular as Grimm’s fairy tales are known to all of us. What most of us do not know is, there were other Märchen collectors in 19th century Europe, whose collections are quite different from that of Grimm brother’s. For this series, we selected stories collected by Ludwig Bechstein (1801-1860), a librarian-archivist by profession and an widely read author during his time. Many of these are, as told earlier, not about fairies, but vivid illustrations of medieval Europe.


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