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The archive of alternate endings: a novel

Author: Lindsey Drager
Publisher: Ann Arbor, MI : Dzanc Books, 2019. ©2019
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Fiction : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Tracking the evolution of Hansel and Gretel at seventy-five-year intervals that correspond with earth's visits by Halley's Comet, The Archive of Alternate Endings explores how stories are disseminated and shared, edited and censored, voiced and left untold. In 1456, Johannes Gutenberg's sister uses the tale as a surrogate for sharing a family secret only her brother believes. In 1835, The Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Fiction
Named Person: Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm; Jacob Grimm; Wilhelm Grimm
Material Type: Document, Fiction, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Lindsey Drager
ISBN: 9781950539055 1950539059
OCLC Number: 1100471294
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: Cover; Title Page; Publishing Details; Contents; A Note on Halley's Comet; The Archive of Alternate Endings; Of Breadcrumbs and Constellations; Circumnavigations; Episodes Toward an Elegy for Halley's Comet; The Marvelous Spiral; Gretel and the Witch; Episodes Toward an Elegy for Halley's Comet; Untiring Machines; Episodes Toward an Elegy for Halley's Comet; Hansel's Lament; The Terrestrial Dilemma; Acknowledgments; About the Author
Responsibility: Lindsey Drager.

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Tracking the evolution of Hansel and Gretel at seventy-five-year intervals that correspond with earth's visits by Halley's Comet, The Archive of Alternate Endings explores how stories are disseminated and shared, edited and censored, voiced and left untold. In 1456, Johannes Gutenberg's sister uses the tale as a surrogate for sharing a family secret only her brother believes. In 1835, The Brothers Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm revise the tale to bury a truth about Jacob even he can't come to face. In 1986, a folklore scholar and her brother come to find the record is wrong about the figurative witch in the woods, while in 2211, twin space probes aiming to find earth's sister planet disseminate the narrative in binary code. Breadcrumbing back in time from 2365 to 1378, siblings reimagine, reinvent, and recycle the narrative of Hansel and Gretel to articulate personal, regional, and ultimately cosmic experiences of tragedy. Through a relay of speculative pieces that oscillate between eco-fiction and psychological horror, The Archive of Alternate Endings explores sibling love in the face of trauma over the course of a millennium, in the vein of Richard McGuire's Here and Lars von Trier's Melancholia.

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