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    I thought to call it "are covers importants ?" but then i pulled my thumbs from my arse and choose the sideway.

    The happy and unhappy art of book cover.

    3 exemples of a book i love and 3 good covers









    West of Rome by John Fante.
    I did a painting with the segond one, and i'm thinking hard of doing one with the first.
    The third is hillarious

    Come lad's shoot.

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    The third is the best one

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    My favourite cover ever has to be the first edition of Jeffrey Eugenides' Middlesex, sadly I can't seem to find a decent image of it anywhere.

    I really liked this cover, a lot more than the novel itself:


    This novel, I haven't read, but I will buy it one day just for the cover:


    Here are a few more Romanian editions I like. The Bolano is for Daniel






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    Those are all so good! Keep 'em coming!

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    Quote Originally Posted by miercuri View Post

    Here are a few more Romanian editions I like. The Bolano is for Daniel


    Hey, thanks! This is a beautiful edition, just that I don't know which book it is since my romanian is... well, nonexistent


    Speaking of Bola?o's covers I really like the picture used for the Spanish Edition, it really fits the book, not like the English edition which I think it's horrible.




    Very harsh, desertic, full of dark clouds at the back, and the woman helpless in a chair. Very representative of the situation in Santa Teresa/Ciudad Ju?rez.

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    I love the Swedish cover to Aleksandar Hemon's Nowhere Man.

    Perhaps the mission of those who love mankind is to make people laugh at the truth, to make truth laugh, because the only truth lies in learning to free ourselves from insane passion for the truth.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Daniel del Real View Post
    Hey, thanks! This is a beautiful edition, just that I don't know which book it is since my romanian is... well, nonexistent
    The Spanish title is Putas Asesinas, a short story collection. Not much of Bolano's work was translated to Romanian yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by miercuri View Post
    The Spanish title is Putas Asesinas, a short story collection. Not much of Bolano's work was translated to Romanian yet.
    Then my suspects were right! Anyhow, it's good you have the book Putas Asesinas instead of a selection of his tales by don't know who of his short stories as they did it with the English edition.

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    I have always loved this cover:


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    Great stuff, i actualy toke Daniel photo for work, maybe.

    Like Bjorn, i also like simple graphism sometime, specialy when used with quality paper. The French publisher Seuil is each time a sensual pleasure to read.


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    I am about to finish Christopher Isherwood's Goodybe to Berlin (loving every word of it so far) and I googled it and came across the cover of the first edition.

    It has that charming vintage feel, nothing glossy about it. And that photo fits the tone of the novel so well! Oh, how I would love this to be mine. I found it available here, costing only $8,500. I am sulking now.

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    Another proof of my terrible taste is my unlimited love for the Hard case crime covers.
    I love the new publishing house and their old school covers that hit the bullhead of my tender parts.

    A few master pieces










    The last is maybe my favorite.

    and here is their site Our Books

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    Of course you do, she looks like Megan Fox!

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    Hey Thomas, have you ever done any cover art?

    Of course the cover is important, it is part of the gestalt of choosing and reading a book. You must engage the sense before you can engage the brain.

    When I was young I was shelving in the fiction section of my university library and came across a pink spine. I thought, "This looks yummy." I pulled out the book and saw that it was called The Edible Woman. That made me laugh and thus began my love affair with Margaret Atwood.

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    While reading 2666 by Bolano, i did a painting that could do i nice cover, i think.


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    I like covers like this:



    This:



    This:



    And this:



    To say nothing of this:


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    I tend to like understated covers more than loud, colorful, busy ones. A few of the ones already posted are quite tasteful. I'm usually not a fan of most Sci-Fi and Fantasy covers.

    My favorite cover is probably the Canadian hardcover edition of John le Carr?'s Night Manager. I find it to be very enigmatic.



    I also like the covers of Alan Furst's World War II thrillers:







    And here are a couple more le Carr? covers that I like:




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