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Aesop’s Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods

Aesop’s Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods

Carlo Gebler

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There persists a belief that Aesop was a glib moral writer who told nicely contrived little stories calculated to improve the young. That would puzzle him to no end. He didn’t ever see himself as a children person. His tales were made for adults! Burnished and incendiary, this collection allows Aesop to sing in his own voice so we can hear the truth again. It has never been more necessary than now.

By times crude, bawdy, fickle, lively, inconsistent and ludic, just like life, the tales he contrived were always various, but never simply didactic, or prescriptive. There may be talking foxes and flying gods but when it came to the human character he tells the truth, the whole truth and nothing but.

As Aesop has it, most of us are, by inclination, weak, idiotic and delusional, while our masters and mistresses are cruel, venal, self-serving and tyrannical. We live with arbitrary modern gods, demagogues and tyrants. They run our world. And we are just as stupid, weak and delusional as ever. Gébler has purged these tales of all the moralising clutter and guff, which they were covered over with by Victorian and early twentieth century popularisers.

Burnished and incendiary, this collection allows Aesop to sing in his own voice so we can hear the truth again. It has never been more necessary than now.

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Author Carlo Gebler
Publisher New Island
Publication date 12 Apr 2019
Format Hardback
ISBN/EAN 9781848407060

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