Saturday, November 13, 2010
Featured: Five From The Folio Society
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse-Five
Introduced by John Sutherland.
Bound in buckram printed with a design by John Holder.
Set in Utopia with Futura display.
7 full-page colour paintings by John Holder
On the night of 13 February 1945, Vonnegut was a POW sheltering in an underground abattoir as British night bombers destroyed Dresden. Miraculously he survived but it would be more than twenty years before he would write about the full horror of the city's decimation and its aftermath. In a brilliant blend of science fiction, history and memoir Slaughterhouse-Five tells the surreal story of Billy Pilgrim. Billy has 'come unstuck in time' and finds himself catapulted between his experience as an American GI in Nazi Germany, his post-war life as a successful optometrist and his capture by aliens who imprison him on the planet Tralfamadore where, as well as being welcomed into the pneumatic bosom of former Earthling starlet Montana Wildhack, he discovers that time, like death, is illusory.
Kurt Vonnegut's black satiric voice exposes the cruelties and aberrations of the human condition in a book that takes its place alongside All Quiet on the Western Front and Catch-22 as one of the greatest anti-war novels ever written.
John Reed, Ten Days That Shook The World
Preface by John Simpson
Bound in cloth, printed and blocked with a design by Frances Button based on a poster from the 1917 Russian Revolution
Set in Utopia with Antique Olive display
The Bolshevik revolution that would sweep away the old order, end Russian involvement in the First World War and set communism in motion took place over just a few days in October and November 1917. A young American journalist, John Reed, witnessed the stirring events taking place and was swept along with them - entering the Winter Palace alongside Bolshevik troops. His celebrated account, written in the flush of revolutionary zeal, sizzles with breathless energy as Reed paces the streets of Petrograd, talking to workers, peasants newly arrived from the country and soldiers on leave. He attends meetings, picks up handbills and records sounds, sights - even smells - with impressionistic immediacy. His observations of Lenin, 'dressed in shabby clothes, his trousers much too long for him,' or Trotsky, 'fiery, indefatigable, giving orders, answering questions' provide a fascinating portrait of those larger-than-life figures.
George Orwell, Nineteen Eighty-Four
Printed on Canton Wove paper and bound in Cambric grained material printed with an illustrated design by Steven Devine
Illustrated throughout by Steven Devine
Barbara Tuchman, The March Of Folly
Set in Utopia
Printed on Abbey Wove paper and bound in full cloth
"Twice a winner of the Pulitzer Prize, author Barbara Tuchman tackles the pervasive presence of folly in governments through the ages. Defining folly as the pursuit by governments of policies contrary to their own interersts, despite the availability of feasible alternatives, Tuchman details four decisive turning points in history that illustrate the very heights of folly in government: the Trojan War, the breakup of the Holy See provoked by the Renaissance Popes, the loss of the American colonies by Britain's George III, and the United States' persistent folly in Vietnam. THE MARCH OF FOLLY brings the people, places, and events of history magnificently alive for today's reader."
Flann O'Brien, The Third Policeman
Typeset in Garamond
Printed on Caxton Wove paper
Bound in green cloth blocked with a design by David Eccles
Illustrations by David Eccles
The great bicycle novel. If you ever paid $800 for a pair of rims, you need to read this book.
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