Apocryphal Tales

Apocryphal Tales : With a Selection of Fables and Would-be Tales

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The stories in this collection tackle great events and figures of history, myth, and literature in unexpected ways, questioning views on such basic concepts as justice, progress, wisdom, belief, and patriotism.show more

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  • Paperback | 200 pages
  • 138 x 214 x 14mm | 220g
  • Catbird Press
  • North Haven, United States
  • English
  • 0945774346
  • 9780945774341
  • 455,330

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Masterpieces of moral irony. "Booklist," starred review "show more

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Though not enough readers in the English-speaking world know it, the great Czech writer (1890-1938) rivals D.H. Lawrence and even arguably Chekhov for the amount of work of sustained excellence produced during a tragically brief lifetime. The present volume, an expanded edition (and new translation) of a book first published posthumously in 1945, adds a smattering of "Fables" and "Would-Be Tales" to the irreverently amusing title pieces, which offer ostensible "untold stories" about celebrated figures from Greek and Roman history and myth, the Bible, and Shakespeare. Alexander the Great's pragmatic rejection of his old tutor Aristotle's reverence for "reason and logic" and an outraged baker's complaint about Jesus' miracle of the loaves and fishes are only two of the deadpan surprises to be found in an unfailingly delightful book. (Kirkus Reviews)show more