Following his epic Moby Dick in Pictures, artist Matt Kish has set himself upon an equally impressive, and no less harrowing, task: illustrating each page of Joseph Conrad’s masterpiece, Heart of Darkness. Kish’s rich, imaginative drawings and paintings mirror Conrad’s original text and illuminate Marlow’s journey into the heart of the Congo, and into the depths of the human soul. Heart of Darkness is a text ripe for analysis and argument, formally and thematically; it explores matters of imperialism, racism, gender, and the duality of human nature. Kish’s illustrations add another layer, and another voice in the conversation. His visual interpretation of Heart of Darkness is not just essential for fans and students of Conrad; it’s a work of art all its own.
Kish’s introduction lends context to his approach, details his relationship and struggle with Conrad’s work, and illuminates his own creative process. An index in the rear of the book catalogs the sentences and phrases that inspired each of the one hundred original pieces of art.
An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation.
While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light. With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the Codex is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.
About the Author
Luigi Serafini is an architect, ceramist, glazier, painter, sculptor, designer, opera director, set designer, and critic who works in Italy and abroad. In 2007, the Padiglione d’Arte Contemporanea in Milan dedicated a successful mostra ontological (ontological exhibition) to him. He has illustrated works by Franz Kafka and Michael Ende.
An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor.
At seven minutes past midnight, thirteen-year-old Conor wakes to find a monster outside his bedroom window. But it isn’t the monster Conor’s been expecting — he’s been expecting the one from his nightmare, the nightmare he’s had nearly every night since his mother started her treatments. The monster in his backyard is different. It’s ancient. And wild. And it wants something from Conor. Something terrible and dangerous. It wants the truth. From the final idea of award-winning author Siobhan Dowd — whose premature death from cancer prevented her from writing it herself — Patrick Ness has spun a haunting and darkly funny novel of mischief, loss, and monsters both real and imagined.
Franz Kafkas Texte faszinieren und irritieren. Sie sind verrätselt und verstörend und ziehen den Leser gerade deshalb in ihren Bann. Die Hamburger Künstlerin Stefanie Harjes hat sich von ihnen zu außergewöhnlichen Illustrationen inspirieren lassen. Kafka und ich erzählt bildgewaltig von ihrer «amour fou» zu einem der bedeutendsten Schriftsteller des zwanzigsten Jahrhunderts.
In this deadpan, Hitchcock-meets-Jarmusch thriller, a moody twenty-something wallowing in post-breakup depression finds himself drawn into a paranoid’s worst nightmare after his best friend is murdered and the blame is pinned on him.
Imagine a long-forgotten, never-produced Alfred Hitchcock «wrong man» thriller screenplay discovered, adapted and filmed by a modern minimalist like Jim Jarmusch and you’ll have some idea of the unique flavor of Jason’s latest graphic novel. The protagonist, a moody twenty-something wallowing in depression after a breakup with his long-time girlfriend, finds himself drawn into a paranoid’s worst nightmare after his best friend is murdered and the blame is pinned on him. With the help of a single mother who spontaneously throws in her lot with him (not to mention her precocious daughter), he sets out to clear his name. Soon new relationships are forged, dark secrets from the past are revealed, and the real killer comes back into the picture…with a vengeance.
A sweet little cat drives a man to insanity and murder…
The grim death known as the plague roams a masquerade ball dressed in red…
A dwarf seeks his final revenge on his captors…
A sister calls to her beloved twin from beyond the grave…
Prepare yourself. You are about to enter a world where you will be shocked, terrified, and, though you’ll be too scared to admit it at first, secretly thrilled. Here are four tales — The Black Cat, The Masque of the Red Death, Hop-Frog, and The Fall of the House of Usher — by the master of the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. The original tales have been ever so slightly dismembered — but, of course, Poe understood dismemberment very well. And he would shriek in ghoulish delight at Gris Grimly’s gruesomely delectable illustrations that adorn every page. So prepare yourself. And keep the lights on.
Schlichtheit einerseits, höchster Kunstsinn andrerseits – das populäre Grimm-Märchen Hänsel und Gretel ist hier Vorlage für eine bibliophile Besonderheit. Buchgestaltung ersten Ranges nimmt sich mit ungewöhnlichen Mitteln eines scheinbar bestens bekannten Stoffes an und macht so noch nie gesehene Aspekte der alten Erzählung sichtbar.
Wall Street, dans les années 1850. Un juriste mène avec ses deux copistes, Dindon et La Pince, et son garçon de courses Gingembre, une vie de bureau morne et régulière. Il engage un jour un étrange jeune homme aux allures de spectre qui, très vite, refuse de travailler — sans pour autant quitter les lieux. «J’aimerais mieux ne pas», explique-t-il simplement… Le texte-culte de Melville illustré pour la première fois à l’attention du jeune public!
«Als ich ein kleiner Junge war, besaß ich einen schweigsamen kleinen Bären, der hieß Sonntag.» So beginnt diese Geschichte, in der der Junge und sein Sonntag so unzertrennlich sind, wie das bei Kindern und Bären ja häufiger vorkommt. Doch beschleichen den Jungen eines Tages Zweifel: Hat dieser Bär da mich genauso lieb wie ich ihn? Ist er richtig lebendig? Er versucht, dem Bären ein Lebenszeichen zu entlocken, er denkt nach — und dann hat er eines Nachts einen Traum. Axel Hacke erzählt die beunruhigende, erleichternde Geschichte einer wunderbaren Freundschaft., die Michael Sowa großartig illustriert hat.