Yesterday marked both my wedding anniversary and the end of my spring semester, so I celebrated by spending a spare hour browsing my beloved used bookshop. I had dropped by last week to drop off a box of trade books—mostly old instructor editions of textbooks no longer in use—but I didn’t pick anything up. I did, however, snap a few photographs of the covers of the old 1980s Latin American authors series that Avon Bard put out. I love these covers, and have bought a few over the years.
I ended up picking up two yesterday: Gabriel Garcia Marquez’s In Evil Hour and Machado de Assis’s Dom Casmurro. The cover for Dom Casmurro is pretty bad, actually, but I want to read it.
Near the Machado de Assis, I found a used copy of Berlin Alexanderplatz by Alfred Döblin, which I couldn’t resist. I also found a Grove edition of Kathy Acker’s Don Quixote, which I haven’t read since college.
I also got a book in the mail. I loved Ann Quin’s novel Berg so much that I had to get more Quin, so I ordered The Unmapped Country from publisher And Other Stories. Very excited for this one.
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Do you know the title of the painting used for Mulato? Or the artist? Did the same artist do all of the covers for the Avon Bard titles? I spent a few hours trying to figure that out once but got nowhere, even went so far as to send a message to the company who bought out Avon Bard on Facebook.
I’ve been wanting a copy of “Berlin Alexanderplatz” since I saw NYRB putting it out. Gonna have to grab a copy sooner rather than later personally.
I honestly love these posts.