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The Black Sheep and Other Fables [Paperback]

Augusto Monterroso
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13 April 2005
The Black Sheep and Other fables was first published in Mexico and has since become a classic throughout the Spanish-speaking world.
The monkey who wanted to be a satirist, the frog who wanted to be an authentic frog, the lightning that struck twice... These are fables with morals certainly but morals, according to Monterroso, should not be explicit.
‘To say that a grasshopper should work like an ant, is a piece of foolishness perpetuated through centuries. The grasshopper won’t change. In any case it is the ant who should change.’

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  • Paperback: 96 pages
  • Publisher: acorn book company (13 April 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0954495950
  • ISBN-13: 978-0954495954
  • Product Dimensions: 16.4 x 12.8 x 1.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 92,079 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'Monterroso is one of the cleanest, most intelligent, transparent and smiling authors in the Spanish language.’ -- Carlo Fuentes

‘A magnificent writer. His stories are gems of synthesis, elegance and expert construction.’ -- Mario Vargas Llosa

‘After reading ‘The Monkey Who Wanted to be a Satirist’ I will never be the same again.’ -- Isaac Asimov

‘He was a great man and a great writer’ -- Gabriel Garcia Márquez

‘The Most beautiful stories in the world’ -- Italo Calvino

About the Author

‘Imagine Borges’ fantastic bestiary having tea with Alice. Imagine Dean Swift and James Thurber trading notes. Imagine a frog from Calaveras County who has actually read Mark Twain. Meet Augusto Monterroso.’ — Carlos Fuentes
Augusto Monterroso was born in Tegucigalpa, Honduras, in 1921. Monterroso was however a Guatemalan citizen. He was exiled from Guatemala in 1944 for opposing the dictator Jorge Ubico and protesting against United States-owned banana plantations operating in Central America. Since then he achieved a considerable literary reputation and has become an internationally acclaimed author. His popular short stories and fables have been translated into many languages and his works have been praised for their brevity and concision. Among the most prestigious awards he has received are the Magda Donato Award (1970), the Xavier Villaurrutia Award (1975), the Juan Rulfo Award (1996), the Miguel Ángel Asturias National Literature Award 1997), and the Prince Literary Award (2000). He also received the highest honour the Mexican Government can bestow on foreign dignitaries, the Aguila Azteca, in 1988.
Augusto Monterroso died in Mexico City in 2003.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brevity is the soul of wit 24 Nov 2010
Format:Paperback
Irony, witticisms, sarcasm, all expressed in the most precise and pithy Spanish, with a wonderful sense of humour that does not prevent the book from delivering a strong moral message - as fables are meant to do. "The monkey who wanted to be a satirical writer", " The black sheep" and so many others are now classics of Spanish (nay, universal) literature. Who but Monterroso could write that, since faith moves mountains, everytime that there's a small landslide it is because someone, somewhere had a little moment of faith?
Very highly recommended. A small jewel.
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4.0 out of 5 stars weird but clever. 1 Jun 2009
Format:Paperback
A really thought provoking but yes, a bit strange, book. I havn't read other translations from the original Spanish but I did find the translation a little 'literal' and maybe lacking passion. Well recommended all the same though.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this book 16 Sep 2008
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'Imagine Borges' fantastic bestiary having tea with Alice. Imagine Dean Swift and James Thurber trading notes. Imagine a frog from Calaveras who has actually read Mark Twain. Meet Augusto Monterroso. - Carlos Fuentes

The black sheep and other fables was first published in Mexico and has since become a classic throughout the Spanish-speaking world.

The monkey who wanted to be a satirist, the frog who wanted to be an authentic frog, the lightning that struck twice... These are fables with morals certainly but morals, according to Monterroso, should not be explicit.

'To say that a grasshopper should work like an ant, is a piece of foolishness perpetuated through centuries. The grasshopper won't change. In any case it is the ant who should change.'

The book itself is slightly smaller than normal and has less than 100 pages, the stories are short, there are 40 of them and one is two lines long but that is probably my favorite it makes me laugh every time. These stories are so good that I am learning Spanish so I can read more of his book, its really difficult to find then in English and I would also like to read this book before it was translated.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of Brevity & Wit 4 May 2005
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"This small volume of extremely short fables -- many only a page or a few paragraphs in length -- is a virtuoso display of writing.... Clever, amusing, and thoughtful, with nary a wasted word, These small pieces are weightier than many a full-sized novel.... Because of the precision of the texts quite a bit gets lost in translation. Nevertheless, even in English it is a marvelous read."
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