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Tree of Codes Paperback – 13 Nov 2010

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Product details

  • Paperback: 140 pages
  • Publisher: Visual Editions Ltd; First Edition edition (13 Nov. 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0956569218
  • ISBN-13: 978-0956569219
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 14 x 22.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 366,435 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the bestseller Everything Is Illuminated, named Book of the Year by the Los Angeles Times and the winner of numerous awards, including the Guardian First Book Prize, the National Jewish Book Award, and the New York Public Library Young Lions Prize. Foer was one of Rolling Stone's "People of the Year" and Esquire's "Best and Brightest." Foreign rights to his new novel have already been sold in ten countries. The film of Everything Is Illuminated, directed by Liev Schreiber and starring Elijah Wood, will be released in August 2005. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close has been optioned for film by Scott Rudin Productions in conjunction with Warner Brothers and Paramount Pictures. Foer lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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"[A]n extraordinary journey that activates the layers of time and space involved in the handling of a book and its heap of words. Jonathan Safran Foer deftly deploys sculptural means to craft a truly compelling story. In our world of screens, he welds narrative, materiality, and our reading experience into a book that remembers it actually has a body." -- Olafur Eliasson, artist

About the Author

Jonathan Safran Foer is the author of the novels Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and a work of non-fiction, Eating Animals. His books have won numerous awards, and been translated into 36 languages. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By 1book1review on 16 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
When I ordered this book all I new was that it was a die-cut of Foer's favourite book, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz. What I couldn't imagine was what that actually meant.
So when I finally held the book in my hands I was overwhelmed. This is probably the coolest I've ever seen. The book's pages have holes. Every page contains text and lots of empty space. The cut out pieces allow you to see the writing on the next pages. So you can read many layers at once.
For this alone it was worth buying the book, but it didn't tell me how to read the story. I kept opening it and looking at it a little clueless for some time and one day I just started reading. I've read it from page to page the first time. Reading everything. This way I read a lot of similar pages, with just minor changes to the sentences and the content. I cannot say I discovered a real story. However, sometimes among reading the same string of senseless words and letters a wonderful and powerful sentence would appear. That was just so beautiful that it stood out from all the rest.
For this first reading I decided that was it's purpose. As a reader I could see the wonderful language so much better than when it was hidden in a compelling story that was also well written all the way through.
The second time I read the book I decided to cover all the information from the pages under the ones I was reading. This way I found a story. It was a nice but colorless story. I just had the feeling it was missing something, the language was blunt and direct, less beautiful, but a content was visible.
In the third reading I read two pages as one and that way I couldn't see anything. Neither language nor story were charming. And from there on the book starts to become alive.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MariaAB on 20 Aug. 2012
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There's not much to say, all in all it's a must read, and just a fantastic idea that has turned into a true piece of art. If you like reading but also enjoy visual stimuli, this would be the perfect book. Although the story in itself is a bit short, it fits right into Foer's other writings, and is very beautiful. I am very pleased to have this in my collection.
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful By N. Johnstone on 24 Nov. 2010
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I've loved everything Jonathan Safran Foer has written to date, but this just might be his most amazing work yet. What he has done by cutting his own haunting story out of Bruno Schulz' equally haunting Street of Crocodiles, is both astonishing and incredibly poignant. The book, with its ghostly die cuts and dangling phantom punctuation, is a different kind of reading experience, for sure, but as with his other books, I devoured it in one breathless sitting.
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By Vivian on 30 Mar. 2014
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This is so powerful, yet so delicate. This is the work of a young archaeologist that finds an important vase, cleanses it, and gives it to us. This is a piece of history and the mirror, not the reality, the mirror of what could have been. You have to buy this book. You have to enjoy the chance of feeling alive and cultivate your freedom.
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very original!
It could be interesting to have a similar work in italian. After cent mille milliards de poemes by Raymond Queneau a new version of combinatory literature.
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By DR on 8 April 2014
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I bought this for my daughter and she loves it.

Personally, I think it's bizarre and it would drive me nuts....

I expect that's why she loves it....
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