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Five Fairy Tales And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

Internationally acclaimed writer Jakob Arjouni casts a sardonic eye on modern European life. Like a postmodern Aesop, Jakob Arjouni wittily punctures pretension and self-deception. These tales are characterized by ironic humor with an underlying note of melancholy.

Among the delightful idiots collected here, the author offers a domineering mother whose rock star son fails to appreciate her efforts on his behalf; a hopeful young movie director with a bad case of writer's block; and an aging author of pulp fiction trying to write one good, serious book before he dies. They are all visited by a fairy who offers to grant one wish, with the exceptions of immortality, health, money, and love. Their wishes, once granted, have stinging consequences - the resolutions of which read like an updated version of the Brothers Grimm. A would-be novelist, whose marriage is on the rocks, longs for excitement and soon finds himself taken hostage by a girl bank robber; and a mysterious old man who comes to a village to end his days in peace winds up the close acquaintance of the local drunk.


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June 2005 : USA Hardback

Title: Idiots: Five Fairy Tales and Other Stories
Author(s): Jakob Arjouni
ISBN: 1-59051-157-3 / 978-1-59051-157-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Other Press
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