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Codex Seraphinianus (1981)

av Luigi Serafini

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An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation. While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light. With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the Codex is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.… (mer)
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    The Voynich Manuscript: The Mysterious Code That Has Defied Interpretation for Centuries av Gerry Kennedy (lorax)
    lorax: Kennedy's book describes a mysterious manuscript with an undeciphered script and strange illustrations, that may be centuries old or only date to the early twentieth century, with an unknown purpose. Serafini's is a book with an undeciphered script and bizarre illustrations.… (mer)
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    Ankomsten av Shaun Tan (guyalice)
    guyalice: Cryptic, inventive works involving a fantastic world with its own language glyphs.
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Since the text which accompanies and (I guess) ‘explains’ this book’s wonderful illustrations is written entirely in a script that remains undeciphered, this is purely an art-book. The pictures themselves—beautifully done in ink and coloured pencil, then magnificently reproduced by the publishers Rizzoli—are so strange, the overall effect is like working your way through an encyclopaedia from a different universe altogether: there are peculiar plants, animals, tools and machines, costumes, food, architecture and other things not easy to even categorise. If you know the Voynich Manuscript (which may have inspired this) well, the Codex is a similar work, but done by a modern Italian surrealist. ( )
  justlurking | Jul 4, 2021 |
When I got this book in on hold, I just left it in my workroom and flipped through it whenever I was on break. I think it's the best way to read it, just open to random pages and see what you find. I love the gibberish text and how it was laid out. I love that the illustrations are done in pencil crayon.

When I was looking through it as an art book, I had a great time savouring all the little details. How much work must have gone into putting it together, and Serafini's weird imagination. But then I started thinking about it as a travel guide and it freaked me right out. I tried to imagine that I was planning a trip to this world, and I grabbed an encyclopedia to prepare. Everything got real uncanny valley for me pretty quick. I imagine I'd be delighted for a few days, taking in all the weird sights (and I'm sure, sounds and smells that aren't available in book form) and meeting the people who live there. But pretty soon, I'll hunger for something familiar, and everything I see will start to haunt me with its just-not-rightness. I kept thinking about that episode of Futurama where Fry's girlfriend ends up in the future and just can't handle all the new weird stuff that's happening. After a (probably pretty short) while, I'd want to just see or feel or eat or experience something comforting, and it would slowly destroy my psyche that I couldn't. It would be even worse than a place that is totally different from what I'm used to, because this world would tease me with familiarity. I would feel gaslighted by this vacation. I wouldn't be able to trust anything. Oh, ok, that animal looks like a hippo, that's pretty comforting but oh god its two halves are actually connected by wires ok ok I'll just look at this dog, it looks fluffy and normal and NOPE it doesn't have a head it's just a clear orb well that's fine, that's fine, we have clear orbs on Earth too, maybe I'll just have a bite of this juicy looking pear to calm me down AND IT'S BLEEDING THE PEAR IS BLEEDING INTO MY MOUTH OKAY I'm going to sit down here by this lake, lakes are nice and tranquil, though this lake is staring back at me with multiple pairs of eyes, which is unsettling, I think I'll go back to my room and lie down. I won't even be able to take comfort in making love for fear that my partner and I would turn into a crocodile. I mean I can't say I'm not intrigued by the idea of being one half of a crocodile for a short while, but I'd have to know that I could become human again and eat some food without it bleeding on me afterwards. Flipping through the pages of this book got slightly anxiety-inducing after thinking about going to visit. I'd have to get a room in the Earth Town neighborhood where people hold pens to write with instead of grafting nibs to the tips of their fingers and I can eat a banana that is banana all the way through and not partially made of tiny beads. Call me closed-minded but my tolerance for change is low. ( )
  katebrarian | Jul 28, 2020 |
Italian artist/architect Luigi Serafini barricaded himself inside his scriptorium for three years during which time he poured forth all manner of weird, imagined images and an invented text. The result is the Codex, a book that many have called the weirdest book in the world, a surrealist field guide to Serafini's unearthly world whose images are capable of drawing you in and holding you for hours. Rizzoli published this new edition in October. More here. ( )
  markflanagan | Jul 13, 2020 |
A nice guide to imaginary fictitious flora and fauna comprised of artichoke and umbrella-like growths, fanciful plumage, eggs, etc. Good but not $500 good or whatever. ( )
  uncleflannery | May 16, 2020 |
My gifts are the stuff of family lore, and given that COVID19 birthdays and Christmas are now moveable feasts, but this was just too weird for for my nephews, even by my standards -they thought it was in Latin! Gorgeous and disturbing, enthralling and automatically written, it is an almost totally cryptic book which takes one back to childhood when one examined adult books with pictures when you were just beginning to read. ( )
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An extraordinary and surreal art book, this edition has been redesigned by the author and includes new illustrations. Ever since the Codex Seraphinianus was first published in 1981, the book has been recognized as one of the strangest and most beautiful art books ever made. This visual encyclopedia of an unknown world written in an unknown language has fueled much debate over its meaning. Written for the information age and addressing the import of coding and decoding in genetics, literary criticism, and computer science, the Codex confused, fascinated, and enchanted a generation. While its message may be unclear, its appeal is obvious: it is a most exquisite artifact. Blurring the distinction between art book and art object, this anniversary edition-redesigned by the author and featuring new illustrations-presents this unique work in a new, unparalleled light. With the advent of new media and forms of communication and continuous streams of information, the Codex is now more relevant and timely than ever. A special limited and numbered deluxe edition that includes a signed print is also available.

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