Anne Serre

The author of fourteen books, Anne Serre was born in 1960. Her first novel, Les Gouvernantes, was published in 1992 and praised by La Croix for its “remarkable economy of style.”

The Fool and Other Moral Tales

Fiction by Anne Serre

Translated by Mark Hutchinson

From the brilliant, sui generis Anne Serre—author of the celebrated Governesses—come three 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.…
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The Governesses

Fiction by Anne Serre

Translated by Mark Hutchinson

In a large country house shut off from the world by a gated garden, three young governesses responsible for the education of a group of little boys are preparing a party. The governesses, however, seem to spend more time running around in a state of frenzied desire than attending to the children’s education. One of their main activities is lying in wait for any passing stranger, and then throwing themselves on him like drunken Maenads.…
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Each sentence evokes a dream logic both languid and circuitous as the governesses move through a fever of domesticity and sexual abandon. A sensualist, surrealist romp.

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