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Aesop's Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods
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Carlo Gebler
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Aesop's Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods

Carlo Gebler


Head of Zeus

Myth & legend told as fiction;
Short stories


304 pages

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The greatest collection of fables ever written, updated for our turbulent times.

A witty, scatological illustrated version of the world's greatest collection of fables, allegedly written by a slave in the 5th century BC. A book for our times: as Gebler notes, Aesop has two subjects - the exercise of power and the experience of the powerless who endure life and all that it inflicts on them. This retelling of the Fables makes them relevant and richly enjoyable. Large and fierce animals kill and butcher weaker creatures; gods play games with the hopes and fears of lesser species, including men and women; and occasionally the weak turn the tables on the strong, exposing their pretensions. This is a stunning new version of a book that was often bowdlerised and used to teach moral lessons to children. Gebler's Aesop is darker and more realistic, and compulsively readable.

By:   Carlo Gebler
Imprint:   Head of Zeus
Country of Publication:   United Kingdom
Dimensions:   Height: 215mm,  Width: 140mm, 
ISBN:   9781789542608
ISBN 10:   178954260X
Pages:   304
Publication Date:   August 2019
Audience:   General/trade ,  ELT Advanced
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active

Gebler was born in Dublin, the elder son of the Irish writers Ernest Gebler and Edna O'Brien. He is a novelist, biographer, playwright and teacher, frequently working with prisoners in Northern Irish jails. His novel The Dead Eight, based on events that took place in rural Tipperary in 1940, was described by Julian Evans as having a 'Swiftian understanding of the world's secret machinations'. His other novels include How to Murder a Man (1998) and A Good Day For A Dog. Driving through Cuba: An East-West Journey was published in 1988, and his other non fiction books include The Glass Curtain, about the sectarian divisions of Belfast, and Father and I: a Memoir, a book about his difficult relationship with his distant father.

'This repackaging of [Aesop's] fables by Carlo Gebler and illsutrator Gavin Weston is a reminder that adult minds were originally the target of this litany of pocket-sized parables ... There is very much a feeling here of the ancient sound-tracking the alarmingly present' Sunday Independent (Dublin).

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