Hypnotic, enchanting.

Publishers Weekly

Available September 24, 2019

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. 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.” The Wishing Table—a moral tale concerning a family happily polyamorous—is the most overtly a fable of these three works, the most naughty, 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 they are nevertheless deeply moral and entirely unforgettable ones.

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Anne Serre

French writer

Hypnotic, enchanting.

Publishers Weekly

Genuinely original—and, often, very quietly so. Seriously weird and seriously excellent… call it the anglerfish of literature.

—Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

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.

Full Stop

Anne Serre’s style is perfectly controlled. Colorful, by turns elegant and violent, it provokes that enchantment borne out of an unbridled imagination.

Marie Claire