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Aesop's Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods

Aesop's Fables: The Cruelty of the Gods


by Carlo Gébler and illustrated by Gavin Weston

The best of the world’s favourite fables retold for our turbulent times.

C-format Illustrated Hardback | 300pp | ISBN: 9781848407060 | Release Date: April 2019

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Aesop never intended his work to be anything but bawdy, savage, witty, scatological and fickle but these tales also have at their heart two realities of life, the exercise of power and the lot of the powerless. In this stunning new edition, the words of Carlo Gébler and Gavin Weston’s beautiful illustrations strip all judgement away to reveal the central truths: we are all a bit gullible, often foolish and forever hopelessly optimistic.

Readers might relate to the god who plays games, to the slave with no control, the fierce animals who kill or even the weaker creatures who are butchered. In retelling Aesop’s famous fables for the twenty-first century, Gébler encourages us to look behind the violence and the moral platitudes for what is really going on, bringing us a dark, realistic and compulsively readable survival guide for our troubled world.

Carlo Gébler at his stylish best, brilliantly rewriting an Aesopic fable in prose that crunches on the page … This new selection is quirky and darkly sparkling – a welcome feast of fables for our times.
— The Irish Times