This little volume has twenty-four modern fables on some fifty-nine pages. Grzimek's Vorwort separates his work from that of Schnurre, Arnzten and Anders. His fables are written against the flood of images of today's media. They should awaken understanding for social problems and should lead to critical reading. And they should create fun. The first fable is a reflective consideration of aging in the person of the proud and selfish king lion whose power dwindles. Everyone will die as he has lived. Die Drei Raben (14) tells of three ravens who get into a skyscraper through the window but cannot get out again. They see a white dove fly by. The first wishes he were a falcon to pursue her, the second a man to shoot her. The third wishes he were the dove. Hundeleben (26) is a touching piece by the pet dog of a man who did not share his wife's ambition and was divorced by her. He wanted to pet something and was rejected for petting female and male colleagues. He bought the dog, and they lead a happy life together. Falke und Taube (34) is a scarry look into the past and present experience of a killer. He used to attack flocks of doves. Now he finds them alone, careful, and in a hurry. When I see them, I drive them to the ground and they die trembling before I grasp them. In Der Abgrund (43), a fox with a cane who has walked a long way hops onto a willing ass, urges him to gallop like a horse, and then beats him with the cane. The ass runs wildly forward without attention to the path and finally goes over the edge of a cliff. The fox, who has jumped off, asks why the ass was in such a hurry to break his neck. Drei Kätzchen (47) tells of a tawdry sexual encounter between a fox and three loose women. Twelve sketches accompany the fables.
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