Christmas is a time for children and what better gift than a book of fairy tales? Not in China, it turns out. China Friendship Publishing has just withdrawn a collection of Brothers Grimm stories, reports the Global Times. The problem was the publisher couldn’t find the original text and so opted to translate a Japanese version. But this was no ordinary telling; the Japanese authors had reworked them as erotic trysts. Their version of Snow White featured the heroine having sexual relations with all seven dwarves (as well as her father). In a further unexpected twist, after Snow White dies a necrophiliac prince becomes obsessed with her. Try explaining that one at bedtime reading. “The book was not supposed to be read by children, but it was put on the children’s literature shelf, so we removed it,” said a stony-faced official from the publishing house.
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