The 10 Best Books of 2012 from The New York Times Book Review, including our own Andrew Solomon’s powerful, groundbreaking FAR FROM THE TREE: Parents, Children, and the Search for Identity. Congratulations, Andrew!
Banjo, A Story without a Plot. Claude McKay. New York: Harper & Brothers, 1929. Octavo, original half cloth over brightly-decorated boards, original dust jacket. First edition. “The first and most militant voice of the Harlem Renaissance” (Britannica).
“The Africans gave him a positive feeling of wholesome contact with racial roots. They made him feel that he was not merely an unfortunate accident of birth, but that he belonged definitely to a race weighed, tested, and poised in the universal scheme. They inspired him with confidence in them…”
Murakami’s new backlist design uses the circle as a central motif and the palette is limited to red, black and off-white. This creates a strong and consistent identity for the set.
Murakami’s work has a sense that something has been lost or hidden, what is real and what is not. To match this playfulness for the covers, we commissioned Noma Bar, a talented Israeli-born and London-based illustrator. His powerful graphic illustrations cleverly utilise negative space concealing secondary images and illusions. Noma’s illustrations were screenprinted by hand to give them a personal and softer edge.
Noma Bar is represented by Dutch Uncle and can be found here.
Covers Illustrated by Noma Bar (except Birthday Stories and Blind Willow, Sleeping Woman).
Beauty through rigorous consistency. That Birthday Stories cover really throws a cog in the works though, doesn’t it? Fitting that that’s essentially Murakami’s Yesterday and Today (i.e. a U.K.-only collection of odds and sods).
The cover references an event that took place on September 22, 2001, when my band played an illegal rooftop concert in downtown Burlington, VT. Because, after the September 11 attacks… we just had to fuckin ROCK or the terrorists would win.