Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Check It. Jonathan Safran Foer's "Tree of Codes."

I've always been a big fan of Jonathan Safran Foer's work, and also of the art direction of his books -- the free-form text style found on Everything Is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close is, in my opinion, very fitting of Foer's own writing style. Now apparently, for his new book Tree of Codes, Foer's combined that art direction right into the book itself.

As explained by Foer in the video above, the book is actually comprised of manuscripts of a different book written by a different person: The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. Foer used a system of die-cutting -- basically cutting out words or sentences here and there -- to create another story within Schulz's own words. And the cutting is literal within the pages of Tree of Codes.

It's an ambitious but definitely fascinating project, and the perfect gift for any Foer fan or fan of literature, really. Let's see an e-book do this!

Tree of Codes is currently only available to purchase online at Visual Editions (it's technically a little late now to get this ordered and sent for Christmas, but it'll surely be worth the wait!).

-- Chau Tu

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