Title: Arch of Triumph
Author: Erich Maria Remarque
Cover artist: James Avati
Yours for: $6
- Now *this* is what an Avati cover typically looks like. A set piece. Still life with moody people. There's something almost religious about the tone of the paintings. This one is a very miniature Last Supper, if the Last Supper had consisted of wine, coffee, cigarettes, moody introspection, and distant staring.
- Figures even have very faint haloes of light—grime-colored haloes.
- What's happening beneath the table? Is he on pillows? Sitting crosslegged? Perspective seems slightly off to me.
Best things about this back cover:
- NOBODY CROSSES ERICH MARIA REMARQUE! NOBODY!
- ERICH MARIA REMARQUE WILL HAVE HIS REVENGE!
- ERICH MARIA REMARQUE CAN READ YOUR MIND!
- Seriously, that is one freaky author photo.
He got up and began to dress. One must remain independent. Everything began with small dependencies. One did not notice them much. And suddenly one was entangled in the net of habit. Habit for which many names existed—love was one of them. One should not grow accustomed to anything. Not even to a body.
Not a fan of the long sentences. I like. I'm mentally underlining "entangled in the net of habit," which is a useful and elegant metaphor.
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