Fiction derived from fairy tales is very popular at the moment.
Gingerbread however, is a little different. Keeping with the traditional ‘gothic’ elements of the fairty tale genre, the modern tale features: the forest, the snowladen landscape, the deserted cottage, the wolf and the ‘papa’ whose own tale of escaping from a Russian gulag drives the main storyline.
Much like Animal Farm the novel acts as an allegory for Belarus under the Soviet regime of Stalin.
A sophisticated and complex tale – suitable for mature readers.