Per lei la belva è solitudine. La sua carezza è la carezza che si fa al cane o al tronco d'albero. Ma, straniero, lei mi guarda, mi guarda, e nella tunica breve è una magra ragazza, come tu forse ne hai vedute al tuo paese. Cesare Pavese.
He said the pleasantest manner of spending a hot July day was lying from morning till evening on a bank of heath in the middle of the moors, with the bees humming dreamily about among the bloom, and the larks singing high up overhead, and the blue sky and bright sun shining steadily and cloudlessly. That was his most perfect idea of heaven’s happiness — mine was rocking in a rustling green tree, with a west wind blowing, and bright white clouds flitting rapidly above; and not only larks, but throstles, and blackbirds, and linnets, and cuckoos pouring out music on every side, and the moors seen at a distance, broken into cool dusky dells; but close by great swells of long grass undulating in waves to the breeze; and woods and sounding water, and the whole world awake and wild with joy. He wanted all to lie in an ecstasy of peace; I wanted all to sparkle and dance in a glorious jubilee. I said his heaven would be only half alive, and he said mine would be drunk; I said I should fall asleep in his, and he said he could not breathe in mine.
It has been two years since we first revealed the series design for our Vintage Children’s Classics. The list continues to grow and we are excited to take this opportunity to share some of our more recent additions.
You can see our first two ‘colour wheels’ here and here.
This is a book about Druids and King Arthur and Anglo Saxon sorcerers and English history and what I’m trying to say is did Philip Carr-Gomm and Richard Heygate write a book especially for me? That’s so nice thanks!!
ZEN AND THE ART OF MOTORCYCLE MAINTENANCE – Robert M. PIrsig
Looking to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Robert Pirsig’s modern classic, Vintage are publishing this rejacketed edition in January 2015.
It’s a difficult novel to design a cover for, however the narrator’s intention to find a perception of the world that embraces both ‘rational’ and ‘romantic’ values offered a solution.
The idea was to divide the motorcycle into component parts where each individual panel could be seen as a separate piece of artwork. Originally the artwork was intended to be more abstract, with the earlier shapes flat and simplistic, however redrawing the motorcycle added an organic element that was somewhat lacking. Essentially the ‘rational’ is represented by the motorcycle, technology and the component parts. As for the ‘romantic’? – well, that’s for you to decide!