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The Fool and Other Moral Tales

(2019)
A collection of stories by

 
 
From the brilliant, sui generis Anne Serre - author of the celebrated Governesses - come three delicious, thoroughly out-of-the-way tales.

Fairy-tale atmospheres and complex narratives are a hallmark of the fiction of Anne Serre, represented here by three radically heterodox novellas. The Fool "may have stepped out of a tarot pack: I came across this little figure rather late in life. Not being familiar with playing cards, still less with the tarot, I was a bit uncomfortable when I first set eyes on him. I believe in magic figures and distrust them... a figure observing you can turn the world upside down." The Narrator concerns a sort of writer-hero: "Outcasts who can't even tell a story are what you might call dropouts, lunatics, misfits. With them the narrator is in his element, but has one huge advantage: he can tell a story." Little Table, Set Yourself! - a moral tale concerning a family happily polyamorous - is the most overtly a fable of these three works, and the briefest, but thin as a razor is thin. A dream logic rules each of these wildly unpredictable, sensual and surreal novellas: these may be romps, but nevertheless deeply moral and entirely unforgettable ones.



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Paperback Editions

June 2021 : Paperback
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Title: The Fool and Other Moral Tales
Author(s): Anne Serre
ISBN: 1-83801-415-2 / 978-1-83801-415-5
Publisher: Les Fugitives
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September 2019 : USA Paperback
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Title: The Fool and Other Moral Tales
Author(s): Anne Serre
ISBN: 0-8112-2716-2 / 978-0-8112-2716-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: New Directions
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Kindle Editions

September 2019 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
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Title: The Fool and Other Moral Tales
Author(s): Anne Serre
Publisher: New Directions
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