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Fools for Christ are men and women who live outside the social norms, whose behavior is considered shocking or unusual. But in a time of dictatorship, when these stories were first published, foolish behavior can be a form of protest. So, a child who is unable to access the forbidden fruits of a pastry shop, out of protest, refuses to eat the chickpeas that are offered to him; another child, who cannot pay for a ride on the merry-go-round, slips under the tarpaulin when the ride is not working and creates his own ride out of his own fantasy. A fat child, who is bullied and made fun of by the towns more respectable children, makes friends with a paschal lamb, which then, to his shock and horror, is served up for dinner. Another boy takes to setting the corner of a whitewashed house on fire with his coloring pencils. It is the children who throw away their toys or who torture animals that are somehow considered normal. The Foolish Children contains twenty-one micro-fiction stories by Ana Mara Matute in Spanish and in English translation. The original was first published in Spain during Francos dictatorship. It was rated by the Nobel laureate Camilo Jos Cela as the most important work written in Spanish by a woman since the Countess Emilia Pardo Bazn. Ana Mara Matute, along with Camilo Jos Cela and Miguel Delibes, is widely considered one of Spains most distinguished writers of fiction in the twentieth century. She was awarded the National Prize for Literature twice and, in 2010, received the Spanish-speaking worlds most prestigious literary award, the Cervantes.