Three Books

Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. 1965 hardback from Lippincott. Jacket design by David Lunn. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. 2014 trade paperback from Harper Perennial Olive Editions. Cover design and illustration by Milan Bozic. Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry. 1962 paperback from Vintage. Cover design by Harry Ford. I have now bought four copies of… Continue reading Three Books

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Don Quixote by Kathy Acker. Grove Press trade paperback, 1986. Cover design by Neil Stuart. Cover illustration by Catherine Denvir. A messy punkpostmodern cartoon, a big long jazz howl at the moon. The Egghead Republic by Arno Schmidt; English translation by Michael Horowitz. Marion Boyars trade paperback, 1982. Cover design by Imre Reiner, who likely… Continue reading Three Books

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Complete Tales & Poems by Edgar Allan Poe. Fat trade paperback by Vintage; most recent date indicates 1975 but that can’t be right. No designer credited. You know Poe. Tell My Horse by Zora Neale Hurston. 1983 trade paperback edition from Turtle Island. Neither designer nor photographer are credited. A wonderful and weird trip to Jamaica… Continue reading Three Books

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Taking Care by Joy Williams. 1985 trade paperback from Vintage Contemporaries. Cover design by Lorraine Louie. Cover illustration by Rick Lovell. I read this book earlier this year. It’s really great. I reviewed it on this site, writing— These are stories of domestic doom and incipient madness, alcoholism and lost pets. There’s humor here, but… Continue reading Three Books

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The Last Days of Louisiana Red by Ishmael Reed. 1974 first edition hardback from Random House. No designer credited, but the jacket flap indicates that the cover design was “suggested” by Ishmael Reed. I reviewed Louisiana Red earlier this year on this site. Blue Beard by Max Frisch. English translation by Geoffrey Skelton. 1983 first edition… Continue reading Three Books

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I haven’t read every Italo Calvino novel, but of the ones I’ve read, If on A Winter’s Night a Traveler, Invisible Cities, and The Baron in the Trees are my favorites. I have a Harcourt Brace Jovanovich three-volume in slipcase edition designed by Louise Fili. The illustration on the slipcase is uncredited. Fili’s design for If on a Winter’s… Continue reading Three Books

Three Books (or, My three favorite reading experiences in 2016)

After years of false starts, I finally read Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa’s 1958 novel The Leopard this August. Then I read it again, immediately. (It’s one of only two novels I can recall rereading right away—the other two were Blood Meridian and Gravity’s Rainbow). The Leopard tells the story of Prince Fabrizio of Sicily, who witnesses the end of his… Continue reading Three Books (or, My three favorite reading experiences in 2016)

Three Books (or, My three favorite rereading experiences in 2016)

I prefer rereading to reading. Rereading an old favorite can often offer comfort. A week or so after the US presidential election, I picked up Roberto Bolaño’s Last Evenings on Earth and reread its fourteen stories over a few mornings and afternoons. I’m not sure why, but somehow Bolaño’s sinister vibes and dark humor worked to alleviate my own… Continue reading Three Books (or, My three favorite rereading experiences in 2016)

(Not really) Three Books (2666 Books)

2666 by Roberto Bolaño. English translation by Natasha Wimmer. First edition three-volume slip case edition from FS&G. Design by Charlotte Strick.  The image on volume one is a detail from Gustave Moreau’s Jupiter and Semele; on volume two, Academy by Cy Twombly; on three, a detail of a page on sea sponges from Albert Seba’s Cabinet of Curiousities. I’ve posted… Continue reading (Not really) Three Books (2666 Books)

Three Books (Possibly Cult Novels)

  Trans-Atlantyk by Witold Gombrowicz. English translation by Carolyn French and Nina Karsov. Trade paperback by Yale University Press, 1994. Cover design by Lorenzo Ottaviani. I reviewed Trans-Atlantyk here. Steps by Jerzy Kosinski. Another Vintage Contemporaries edition, 1988. Cover design by Lorraine Louie; illustration by Chris Moore. I reviewed Steps here. The Adventures and Misadventures of Maqroll by Álvaro Mutis.… Continue reading Three Books (Possibly Cult Novels)