Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Day Fifteen: The Book of Genesis

It's Day 15 in The 24 Days of Books, and today we're going graphic on you. The Book of Genesis: Illustrated by R. Crumb. From the creation to the death of Joseph, all fifty chapters of The Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated by the one and only Robert Crumb. Crumb, one of the original masters of alternative comics, has rendered the first book of the bible, word-for-word, using his signature style, and even, dare I say it, a little bit of grace. You really have to see it to believe it. Crumb originally thought that he would do a takeoff of Adam and Eve, but he became so fascinated by the Bible's language, "a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions," that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation assembled primarily from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James Version. This is an astonishing work from one of our greatest artistic geniuses.
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