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Sunday, January 28, 2007


Cover art and design by Peter Mendelsund.

Finding this was interesting. It doesn't seem like something that would pop off the shelf, but nonetheless it did. It might be because it was shelved next to a book called Checkmate, which is a thriller about Muslim terrorists and stolen Pakistani cruise missiles and which has a cover to match, if you know what I mean. So the elegance of this stood out.

Read the Publishers Weekly and Booklist blurbs on Amazon to get a fuller picture of what this novel is about, but these quotes go reasonably far in explaining the design you see: "Bernhard's glorious talent for bleak existential monologues is second only to Beckett's," and "For readers who find Beckett too glib and Kafka a mere fusspot." There is something about the overall feel of this that suggests existentialism, the 1960s, and Penguin books from the period.

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Anonymous said...

I saw this in the stores recently, and the image doesn't do it justice. The cover is actually printed with two metallic Pantone inks (at least up here in Canada). Grey-blues with a matte finish (if I recall correctly). It jumped out at me, just looked both fresh and very, very classic.

Unknown said...

This is one of the first times I have enjoyed seeing "A Novel" on a book.