Introduced by Nalo Hopkinson
Illustrated by Francis Vallejo
‘Neil Gaiman, a writer of rare perception and endless imagination’
The seed of Anansi Boys was planted during a conversation with the comedian and actor Lenny Henry. Where, asked Henry, were all the people of colour in fantasy fiction?
Gaiman turned his attention to African mythology and the figure of Anansi the spider god. Having already made a scene-stealing appearance in the award-winning American Gods, the irresistible Mr Nancy makes a triumphant return in this witty romp of a novel.
During early discussions about the Folio edition of Anansi Boys, Neil Gaiman noted that: ‘You’ve set the bar so high with American Gods. Now you merely have to do something just as beautiful and just as ground-breaking.’ Gaiman chose Detroit artist Francis Vallejo to take on the challenge. As well as vivid spiderwebs on the page tops and six superb full-colour illustrations, two of which are double-page spreads, this collector’s edition of Anansi Boys features a special tactile pictorial slipcase and a binding that nods to the dual nature shared by the characters Fat Charlie and Spider. Inside, fully illustrated, original black-and-white chapter headings tell their own folktale – all ofwhich is especially fitting for a book about the power and vitality of stories.
Acclaimed Jamaican-born speculative fiction writer Nalo Hopkinson provided advice and insight on Caribbean syntax and dialogue, helping to ensure that the voices of the characters sounded authentic. Hopkinson has provided a perceptive introduction for this Folio edition, looking back over her own reading of this ‘gripping, funny, madcap’ book,and the particular challenges of crafting accurate cultural representation in a fantasy world.
American Gods illustrated by Dave McKean is also available from Folio.
Bound in printed and blocked cloth. Set in Octavian with Volume as display. 376 pages. 6 colour illustrations (2 double page spreads). 25 black & white intergrated illustrations. Printed page edges. Pictoral slipcase with UV spot varnishing. 10˝ x 6¾˝•
UK £75.00 US$135.00 Can $150.00 Aus $170.00
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