Herr Frühling und Frau Winter

Mitra Zarif-Kayvan

Keywords: Persian literature; Fairy tale; Spring; Winter; change of seasons

Categories: DEMETRIOS Children’s Books

DOI: 10.17160/josha.4.6.368

Languages: German, Persian

Persian literature has always been characterized by narrations, legends, proverbs and long stories about the changes in all circumstances of humanity and the changes of nature through the change of seasons. Many fairy tales have been passed from one generation to the next and have maintained a current and different version until today. The Fairy tale about the love between Mr. Spring (Amou Norouz) and Ms. Winter (Nanne Sarma) is estimated to be more than 2000 years old. In this old narration, Mr. Spring symbolizes the new beginning, the growth of nature and the Persian New year with the beginning of spring. In contrast, Ms. Winter represents frost, rigidity and stagnation. Both characters together reflect the end of the Persian year with the end of winter and the beginning of the Persian year with the beginning of spring. In a blink of an eye, Ms. Winter, with her departure, brings an end to the cold. While Mr. Spring, at the same moment brings the first signs of spring with his arrival. In a moment Ms. Winter, with her departure, ends the cold, and at the same moment Mr. Spring begins the first signs of spring with his arrival. Both have only one opportunity for a common meeting. With friendly support from Ms. Ghazaleh Hinzen (Shayan) and Mr. Jan Michaelis for the German text. About the Author and Illustrator: Mitra Zarif-Kayvan was born in Tehran/Iran. When she was 32 years old, she immigrated to Germany and now lives in Düsseldorf. She works as a freelance painter and art teacher in primary schools and kindergartens. Apart from that, she is also a story-teller, draws pictures and writes poems. If you would like to obtain the complete book, please order it using the "order book" button.

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