Aesop’s Fables

The Cruelty of the Gods

Aesop’s Fables

By:  Carlo Gébler
Gavin Weston

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5.5 X 8.5 in
320 pg

FICTION / Fairy Tales, Folk Tales, Legends & Mythology


A witty illustrated version of the world's greatest collection of fables, allegedly written by a slave in the 5th century BC. A book for our times: as Gebler notes, Aesop has two subjects—the exercise of power and the experience of the powerless who endure life and all that it inflicts on them. This retelling of the Fables makes them relevant and richly enjoyable.

Large and fierce animals kill and butcher weaker creatures; gods play games with the hopes and fears of lesser species, including men and women; and occasionally the weak turn the tables on the strong, exposing their pretensions. This is a stunning new version of a book that was often bowdlerized and used to teach moral lessons to children. Gebler’s Aesop is darker and more realistic, and compulsively readable.

Carlo Gébler was born in Dublin, the elder son of the Irish writers Ernest Gébler and Edna O'Brien. He is a novelist, biographer, playwright and teacher, frequently working with prisoners in Northern Irish jails. His novel The Dead Eight, based on events that took place in rural Tipperary in 1940, was described by Julian Evans as having a “Swiftian understanding of the world’s secret machinations.” His other novels include How to Murder a Man (1998) and A Good Day for a Dog. Driving through Cuba: An East-West Journey was published in 1988, and his other nonfiction books include The Glass Curtain, about the sectarian divisions of Belfast, and Father and I: A Memoir, a book about his difficult relationship with his distant father.

Gavin Weston was born in Belfast. He lives on the Ards Peninsula with an ancient dog and a cantankerous parrot. He is an artist, writer, teacher, and campaigner against child marriage, working with the charity, FORWARD. He is the author of the novel Harmattan and was a columnist for The Sunday Times for many years. Working as a writer-in-residence at HMP Magilligan, he met and became friends with Carlo Gébler and founded and edited the prison magazine Time In.