Tree of Codes

English language

Published Nov. 8, 2010 by Visual Editions.

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5 stars (1 review)

Our early conversations with Jonathan Safran Foer about Tree of Codes started when Jonathan said he was curious to explore and experiment with the die-cut technique. With that as our mutual starting point, we spent many months of emails and phone calls, exploring the idea of the pages’ physical relationship to one another and how this could somehow be developed to work with a meaningful narrative. This led to Jonathan deciding to use an existing piece of text and cut a new story out of it. Having considered working with various texts, Jonathan decided to cut into and out of what he calls his “favourite book”: [The Street of Crocodiles][1] by Bruno Schulz. (Excerpt from the publisher's website, [Visual Editions][2])

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5 stars

Please read author's afterword first, if you haven't heard about the book's concept. Don't worry, there's no spoiler. Very poetic, thoughtful, exciting piece of art - a special experience you won't achieve with an ebook (nothing against ebooks, though).
Will definitely read The Street of Crocodiles next. Am curious how much the author's admiration and emotional involvement have led to an insider's piece of art, i.e. how much reading The Street of Crocodiles adds or illuminates this book.