Monthly Archives: July 2011

A Novel Approach?

Visual Editions are a London-based publisher specializing in “writing that uses visual elements as an integral part of the writing itself” and fresh, original ways to bring together visual and literary arts. The striking aesthetics of these editions aren’t just for decoration, they’re designed to impact upon the experience of reading.

Jonathan Safran Foer’s Tree of Codes is a new story cut from the pre-existing novel The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. Below is a video showing the printing and cutting of the books:

Tree of Codes by Jonathan Safran Foer: Making Of from Visual Editions on Vimeo.

There’s also an edition of The Life and Opinions of Tristram Shandy that rejects the idea that a conventional printing does justice to the aggressively nonlinear classic. Opting instead for irregular page layouts, doodles and diagrams, and flashes of neon orange ink; this is a reassertion of the novel as a physical artefact that stands out all the more in the current climate of Kindles, iPads and other e-readers.