- Hardcover: 416 pages
- Publisher: Rizzoli International Publications; Pck Har/Bk edition (5 Nov. 2013)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0847842134
- ISBN-13: 978-0847842131
- Product Dimensions: 23.9 x 4.7 x 34.8 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 53,505 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Codex Seraphinianus Hardcover – 5 Nov 2013
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the book really does live up to its reputation: The drawings are in turn hilarious, disturbing, bizarre and, sometimes, just flat-out incomprehensible, but all of them are annotated in Serafini s script. -"Dangerous Minds" It s not the sort of thing that easily lends itself to classification, but probably the most accurate way to describe it would be as an encyclopedia of an invented alien civilization the Codex is still a disorienting and provocative vision of inscrutable otherness. -"Slate.com" "Codex Seraphinianus" is an art book in the most direct sense there are big, beautiful drawings accompanied by indecipherable letterforms--andit is impossible to read in a literal way. The text has remained a mystery all these years, and perhaps that s part of its draw as an art object. -"FineBooks Magazine" Is the best art book of the year one that is not only impossible for me to review, but one that is probably equally impossible for you to understand? It s a handsome, hilarious and enduring puzzle that not only features wonderful art in it, but in its entirety captures another kind of human creativity the encyclopedia, the result of compiling and collecting, and an unlikely medium for artists. "-North Adams Transcript" ""Codex Seraphinianus" History s Most Bizarre and Beautiful Encyclopedia, Brought Back to Life...a weird and wonderful masterpiece of art and philosophical provocation on the precipice of the information age....Undoubtedly one of the most intricate and beautiful art books ever created." -"Brain Pickings" Wow. One of the strangest and most beautiful books ever published. " Faerie Tales"" "" Codex Seraphinianus" is in a sense the most elaborate book of doodles ever made. What makes it much more than that is not just the quality of Serafini s drawings and the superior book-making craft, but its brilliant structure. Part of the genius of the "Codex" is that there is enough information to be familiar but not enough to make any sense. " Spectrum Culture"" " The intense strangeness of "Codex Seraphinianus" belies the joyous feel of the artistry. Even the oddest, most unnerving images are rendered with pastel beauty, and a softness that makes them almost endearing. " KQED""
About the Author
Luigi Serafini is an architect, ceramist, glazier, painter, sculptor, designer, opera director, set designer, and critic who works in Italy and abroad. In 2007, the Padiglione d'Arte Contemporanea in Milan dedicated a successful "mostra ontological" (ontological exhibition) to him. He has illustrated works by Franz Kafka and Michael Ende.
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The same "words" are repeated much too often for it to make any sense, but the calligraphy is great! Even the paper
is special and at 96 dollars I consider it an absolute bargain. A book to have.
Currently resting on a bookshelf next to other reference books waiting for unwary visitors to open it and have their "WTF?" moment.
As an entire work, it is an encyclopedia and a guide to an imagined world.
The preface, while still written in the surreal alien language, seems to be made up of what appear to be *early* illustrations from the author - the illustration style and composition are much less refined, and the surrealism has no restraint at all. This ruins the book's entire effect, because the reader is not eased-into the surreal world. I much preferred the earlier editions (pre-2006, pre-Rizzoli's publication), that simply start with an unreadable table of contents, and let you gradually see how crazy things get.
On a positive note - seeing the book in person confirmed that the printing is very good. Enjoyable medium-thick paper with a light wrinkly texture. Substantial hardcover with gold trim.
If Rizzoli would publish a version without the preface, or even just place the preface at the end of the book, I'd buy this book in a heartbeat. Right now, I'm considering buying it and taking a penknife to the offending first ~20 pages.
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