The Fool and Other Moral Tales

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4.4 X 7.2 X 0.5 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

The author of fourteen novels and short story books, Anne Serre was born in 1960. Her work has been acclaimed here as "hypnotic, enchanting" (Publishers Weekly), "tight and fabulist" (Full Stop), and "strange and beguiling" (Kirkus).
Among Mark Hutchinson's many translations are René Char's Hypnos: Notes from the French Resistance and The Inventors and Other Poems.


Serre's language is tight and fabulist, a slim and sensuous fairy tale that reads like something born from an orgy between Charles Perrault, Shirley Jackson, and Angela Carter.
Hypnotic, enchanting.--Best Books in Fiction 2018
In three mysterious tales, Serre explores the moral implications of self-destructive impulses, storytelling, and sexual taboo. Serre, one of France's finest fabulists, returns in full force in this strange, beguiling collection about the perils of desire in all its forms.-- (07/01/2019)
Drawing on fairy tales and psychoanalysis, pornography and poststructuralism, Serre constructs stunning and searing stories. Dreamy and deeply sexual.
Three wild novellas--tied together with dream logic, each of these stories plumbs the depths of desire, morality, and our willingness to go on an unpredictable ride.--Katie Yee "Lit Hub's Most Anticipated Books of 2019 "
"With its psychological reality infused with fabulism, Serre's fiction seems to have invented its own genre of literature. The Fool & Other Moral Tales is an impeccable collection."--Ankita Chakraborty "New French Fiction: From Farm to Table, With Feasting in Between "
Serre's collection speaks bravely, poignantly and perversely to the hazards of alienation--from one's self, from those around you--while also illuminating the blessings and curses, the gifts and sacrifices, of being called to dwell in the gauzy world of stories.--John Biscello