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The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim

Friday, August 16, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Alexandra Sanchez

Jack Zipes translates Christian Bärmann’s illustrated fairy-tale book The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim. It was recently published earlier this month. 

Bärmann had a wry sense of humor that can be seen in a series of fairy tales he created from 1914 until his death in 1924: Die Kröte Rockröck (The Frog Röckkröck, 1918), Der Riese Ohl und das Hannesle (The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim, 1918), and Die Honriche (The Flower Angels, 1923). Bärmann was greatly infatuated by giants and large creatures, who were kind and misunderstood. His compassion for these gigantic people and animals is evident in his paintings and illustrations. In the case of the Giant Ohl, it is clear that the good-natured giant is a friend of humans who have prejudices against strangers, especially when they seem to be enormous dangerous aliens.

Bärmann was an unusual painter and storyteller. His texts and images reveal both his serious critique of social prejudice and also his jovial and optimistic perspective on how people might overcome aggressive behavior toward "freaks."

The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim is an extraordinary discovery of a 1924 illustrated fairy-tale book which will bring hope and joy to readers of all ages.

For more information or to purchase The Giant Ohl and Tiny Tim, visit Wayne State University Press

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