June 27, 2011
i'm currently experiencing some book lust over these new editions of kafka designed by pantheon art director peter mendelsund. it's always refreshing to see my old favorites updated (a la coralie bickford-smith), and i love what the bright color and simple graphics bring to these covers. the uniting symbol of the eye is perfect for kafka, who was so interested in introspection, and the color is a nod to the humor and absurdity found in much of his work. in addition, the font is based off of kafka's own handwriting - a lovely counterpart to the bold graphics. stack them up in rainbow order and i'm happy. get yours here.