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Tuesday, July 08, 2008

The Terror Dream (paperback)

Illustrations by Andrea Dezsö
Design by Henry Sene Yee

It was back in February that we looked at the growing use of silhouettes on book covers. Even more than on those covers, this made me think of Kara Walker's work. Designer Henry Sene Yee was nice enough to point out that Andrea Dezsö is the illustrator. (Check out some more of her unbelievable work here.)

Absolutely loathed by Michiko Kakutani when released, Faludi's book addresses the "the illusion of a mythic America where women needed men’s protection and men succeeded in providing it." Wikipedia describes Faludi's analysis of "the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in light of prior American experience going back to insecurity on the historical American frontier such as in Metacom's Rebellion." I quote this because it's likely that it is Metacom's Rebellion (aka King Philip's War) that is referred to in the illustration's first figure. The middle figure does a wonderful job illustrating the book's suggestion of how the West was (mythically) won. I don't need to say anything about the illustration's final figure. But the three add up to a dramatic, epic cover. Easily one of my favorites of the year so far. Buy this book from

1 comment:

Ian Koviak said...

lovely. I wish the type was more playful. It seems that that typeface is used over and over, but this is a really smashing cover all type aside.