Fables d'Ésope

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2012
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From the original Favole published in 2011 by Topipittori in Milan. Here is a large-format (9 x 13¼) landscape -- rather than portrait -- book. I feel as though I have known it before, but I cannot find it in the database. The cover has a cat looking suspiciously around a table of fable characters, among whom is a stork dipping her beak deep into a tall glass. The back cover advertises correctly: Vingt fables amusantes, parfois cruelles, des plus connues aux plus surprenantes…. The illustrations are indeed provocative, starting with the first fable's dog sick from devouring a snail. Are we seeing his insides or the woods in which he found the snail? In FC, three foxes rejoice in carnival costume over the fresh piece of meat teased away from the crow, who holds his hands high in outrage. In DS, we can see the fish start to pick at the floating piece of meat. My favorite in the book is Prométhée et les hommes. Since animals outnumbered people, Zeus asked Prometheus to transform a number of the former into the latter. They have human form but bestial souls. Rea mixes human and animal faces nicely here. TMCM has the country rat, perched in a flower, turning his head toward a slightly open door. The cover pictures turns out to be a doubting illustration of the fable in which a just lion king has all the animals come together in peace. Rea suggests nicely that this plan may not work. I wonder why many fable books are published because they have little new to offer; I do not have that question about this excellent book!
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