Friday, February 16, 2007

The right cover

Over the last week the version of Amerika I have been reading is from the latest Penguin modern classics range coming out next week. But before that copy turned up I had already managed to get my hands on a 1972 copy which has a cover by Paul Kelpe a detail from his painting Abstract No.2 for the Department of Labor in Washington. It supplements the theme of industrialisation that runs through the book slightly better than the latest cover, which I will post tomorrow along with the review. Art is subjective but it does help when a cover has the ability to chime in with the contents in a way that this one does.

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