Gargantua is the hero of a series of satirical fairy-tales written by the french writer and scholar Francois Rabelais. They are famed for their double entendres and the skill with which a stunningly rude story has been concealed under a veneer of fairy-tale innocence and scholarly interest in the subject.Gargantua himself was a giant, the son of Grangousier and the father of Pantagruel, about whom Rabelais has also written.

The Gargantua stories are generally considered to be the first novel in european litrature. Although they were originally, like most novels in the time recently after Gargantua, released as a true account narrated by a mysterious scholar named Alcofribas Nasier (rearrange the letters).

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