50 of the World’s Most Translated Books


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Have you ever wondered which books are read all over the globe? Discover the world’s most translated books – open your mind and find a new book or two to add to your reading list.

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Adventures in Science Fiction Cover Art: Pyramids (spaceships + future earthscapes + alien temples)


Science Fiction and Other Suspect Ruminations

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(Jack Faragasso’s cover for the 1971 edition of The Pyramids from Space (1970), Jack Bertin and Peter B. Germano)

This post is in a series on the interaction between television/film and science fiction cover art (The Statue of Liberty on Pre-1968 Magazine and Novel Covers and Cosmic Fetuses + Other Uterine Spaces).  In the former, the scene at the end of Planet of the Apes (1968) drew directly on pre-existing pulp science fiction art tropes.  In the later, Kubrick’s baby in a balloon scene in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) inspired many artists to reproduce the image of the cosmic fetus.  There isn’t a direct line of influence in this post between these covers and Stargate (1994) and its sequels.  I simply seek to illustrate that there has always been an obsession, verging into the sci-fi genre, with re-interpreting

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Malagana: Equilibrium Bookcase


Malagana - Equilibrium Bookcase - book shelf

Malagana - Equilibrium Bookcase - book shelf

By designer Alejandro Gomez, these cantilevered modules stacked upon each other at a single angled point, creating Equilibrium, a unique piece that immediately catches attention by creating a sense of amusement and surprise. While its compartments seem to float in the air, Equilibrium can hold over 120 Lbs of weight and its different modules allow to keep books and magazines organized in a natural tilted position that eliminates the need for bookends. Available through Malagana Design.

Amazing Carved Landscapes in Books


For the better part of three decades multidisciplinary artist Guy Laramee has worked as a stage writer, director, composer, a fabricator of musical instruments, a singer, sculptor, painter and writer. Among his sculptural works are two incredible series of carved book landscapes and structures entitled Biblios and The Great Wall, where the dense pages of old books are excavated to reveal serene mountains, plateaus, and ancient structures.

A bit from the artist himself:

So I carve landscapes out of books and I paint Romantic landscapes. Mountains of disused knowledge return to what they really are: mountains. They erode a bit more and they become hills. Then they flatten and become fields where apparently nothing is happening. Piles of obsolete encyclopedias return to that which does not need to say anything, that which simply IS. Fogs and clouds erase everything we know, everything we think we are.

If you’d like to see more of Guy Laramee’s work, his next show will be April 5-29, 2012 at the Galerie d’Art d’Outremont in Montreal.