Luisa Valenzuela’s Firytales (Cuentos de Hades) embody a feminist reading of the classical fairytales by Charles Perrault that date from the seventeenth century, compiled in Tales from Times Past. In these versions, included in her book Symmetries from 1991, Little Red Riding Hood, the Sleeping Beauty and Cinderella, say what’s inappropriate in an original and profound way, liberating a desire that is at once disturbing and obscure.
“It is a well known fact, that fairytales come from oral tradition. These stories were initially told during moonless nights, by the oldest women of the tribe in the bonfire in order to keep fear away and teach little girls important lessons. Logically, these old women brimming with experience, couldn’t tell the poor girls, who had to stand on their own, to be well-mannered and patient. Then, everything became clear to me and I decided to take up the adventure of returning the more classic tales of Perrault to what I think was the original narrators’ intention: examples of freedom instead of calls to submission.”