Aesop, the Greek 'anti-philosopher' who was flung off a cliff by humour-challenged Delphians, is a kind of literary Socrates: all subsequent literature can be read as Aesopian footnotes or variations. So argues Rourke energetically, as he whisks us past the fabulists Phaedrus, Odo of Cheriton, Marie de France, Romi (the deeply amusing Sufist) and Fontaine, then through Kafka, Joyce and Borges, and up to cultish modern 'microfiction' and 'flash fiction'. --The Guardian
About the Author
Lee Rourke is the author of the critically acclaimed debut novel The Canal (winner of The Guardian's Not The Booker Prize 2010) and the short story collection Everyday. His literary criticism has been published in The Guardian, The Independent, TLS, New Statesman and Bookforum. He lives in London.