Friday, May 30, 2008

Manuel Puig

Kiss of the Spider Woman is from Vintage. Pubis Angelical is from University of Minnesota Press. Two very different approaches, but both gorgeous.

Kiss is about the relationship of two prisoners who share a cell - one is a straight revolutionary and the other a cross-dressing gay man who lives in his cinematic dreams.

from Amazon: "In Pubis Angelical he interweaves three stories, the first about a beautiful Viennese actress held captive in a mysterious marriage to a World War II munitions maker. The second and most interesting story, since it encompasses a history of Peronism, concerns an Argentinian refugee, dying in a Mexico City hospital, and her conversations with an old friend and an old lover. The third narrative is a futuristic spy thriller about a secret agent called W218. The implication is that one of the three women is real, the others fantasies or projections."

Thursday, May 29, 2008

The Boat

Beautiful, chilling cover to a collection of short stories. I love the sculptural quality of the waves. The title story takes place aboard a Vietnamese fishing trawler crowded with refugees, where a young woman's bond with a mother and her small son forces both women to a shattering decision. This is a Knopf book - anyone know who designed it?

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Henry Sene Yee: Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test

Original concept on top, final approved design below. I'm so sad the original idea was rejected! Check out Henry's blog for more.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008