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.
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!