Thursday, November 24, 2005

More on Book Design: The Best Iliad Cover Ever

Walking through the enormous book exhibition at the AAR-SBL, I stopped at the booth of Parmenides Publishing, publisher of Classical philosophy and literature.

In conjunction with Stanley Lombardo's audio recordings of his translations of the Iliad and the Odyssey, they had the print edition
which I had not seen before.

The famous D-Day photograph and the word "Iliad." It stopped me cold. What a brilliant juxtaposition of image and text. It was a Nietzschean moment of "tragic pessimism." I suppose that I will have to buy that translation.

Give the designer an award.

UPDATE (23 Dec. 05): With the book now in hand, I see that the cover design is credited to Brian Rak and John Pershing. The photo, "Into the Jaws of Death," is simply credited to the U.S. Coast Guard, as I already knew.

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Blogger s.k.namanny said...

I'll be buying that one as well.

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