Tree of Codes
Tree of Codes is a haunting new story by best-selling American writer, Jonathan Safran Foer. With a different die-cut on every page, Tree of Codes explores previously unchartered literary territory. Initially deemed impossible to make, the book is a first as much a sculptural object as it is a... show more
Tree of Codes is a haunting new story by best-selling American writer, Jonathan Safran Foer. With a different die-cut on every page, Tree of Codes explores previously unchartered literary territory. Initially deemed impossible to make, the book is a first as much a sculptural object as it is a work of masterful storytelling. Tree of Codes is the story of an enormous last day of life as one character's life is chased to extinction, Foer multi-layers the story with immense, anxious, at times disorientating imagery, crossing both a sense of time and place, making the story of one person’s last day everyone’s story. Inspired to exhume a new story from an existing text, Jonathan Safran Foer has taken his "favorite" book, The Street of Crocodiles by Polish-Jewish writer Bruno Schulz, and used it as a canvas, cutting into and out of the pages, to arrive at an original new story told in Jonathan Safran Foer's own acclaimed voice.
Publish date: November 8th 2010
Publisher: Visual Editions
Pages no: 139
Edition language: English
Series: Visual Editions (#2)
Jonathan Safran Foer’s novel, Tree of Codes, is an unusual work. As opposed to creating a novel from scratch, Foer takes his “favorite book,” The Street of Crocodiles by the Polish-Jewish writer, Bruno Schulz, and cuts away that text to create a new novel. It is a unique idea and raises the philosop...
I'm not giving the book a rating because I didn't read the whole thing, but I wanted to talk about the 30 or so pages I did read, maybe give some curious people a general idea of the book.There's no denying this book looks awesome. It is definitely a work of art just in the mere printing, cutting wo...
Foer here uses die-cut pages a form of collage/assemblage to produce a story from within a story--"a dream that The Street of Crocodiles might have had," as he says in his afterword. It's not only a dream of that novel, but a dream of the dream, with cut-outs framing full or partial words and phrase...
Foer’s is a bold experiment and a great work from an artistic and design perspective. It should have been done in hardcover, because more than anything this book will be an objet d’art, something to remark at on the shelf, the coffee table. As literature, I’m not so sure. There is compelling imagery...