A Literary Gesture

A literary gesture born of the enjoyment and intellectual nourishment Aesop derives daily through the written word, The Fabulist features fiction and non-fiction works.

On the occasion of the Serpentine Pavilion 2018, The Fabulist examines materiality and space. Alongside essays by Geoff Dyer, Rachel Kushner, Valeria Luiselli and Zadie Smith, this issue features an interview with Frida Escobedo, discussing her influences and Mexican constructions, and an introduction by Hans Ulrich Obrist, Artistic Director of the Serpentine Galleries, and Yana Peel, CEO of the Serpentine Galleries.


In publication since May 2014, previous editions of The Fabulist honour the ancient Greek slave and fabulist whose name our products bear by presenting fables alongside four other rubrics:

  1. FableAn original prickly parable, pseudoscience fairy-tale, or memoir of a formative moment.
  2. Shelf LifeAn annotated snapshot of a notable bookshelf, intended as a counterpoint to increasingly ubiquitous screen-based text.
  3. EssentialIn which we invite esteemed cultural figures to disclose a deeply held interest or obsession.
  4. Free RadicalInterviews with iconoclasts, free-thinkers, and rebels-with-cause.
  5. On BeautyA forum for wide-ranging thoughts on this consistently provocative topic.

What memory, asks Valeria Luiselli in her essay on Mexico City’s Palacio de Bellas Artes, can be held within a slab of stone? What is washed away when the flood comes, and how can rubble make an architect? In memoir, essay, and conversation, the texts that compose this edition of The Fabulist ask questions of the materials that surround us, to glean from them a series of stories, big and small.

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