At the urging of New Directions President Barbara Epler, we decided to give our cover for Vladimir Nabokov's (amazing) novel The Real Life of Sebastian Knight a fresh coat of paint. Here's the original design — by Rodrigo Corral — for our 2008 edition, which includes an introduction by critic Michael Dirda.
It's beautiful. The dark silhoutte behind the thick, textured glass is absolutely perfect for the plot, and the composition lends the book the the classical status it has earned.
But here's the new version.
One word: fuschia. We love it.
ND editor Michael Barron interviewed Elaine Lustig for Bomb's blog. Read it here.
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Rebecca Ariel Porte, in a beautiful essay written for the Los Angeles Review of Books, dicusses Susan Howe's Sorting Facts: Nineteen Ways of Looking at Marker, addressing Chris Marker's films, as well. Definitely worth a read — here.
Writing for Bookslut, Christopher Merkel reviews the 65th anniversary edition of the classic modernist text. Read it here.