Press Release: The Illustrated Man
The Illustrated Man
Introduced by Margaret Atwood
Illustrated by Marc Burckhardt
‘A poet in all he writes, too full of imagination
to be anything but a prophet’
The Illustrated Man is Ray Bradbury at his very best – sixteen startling tales that built on his breakout collection The Martian Chronicles and paved the way for his dystopian masterpiece Fahrenheit 451.
Its breathtaking unifying conceit is classic Bradbury: the narrator
watches each story swirl magically to life on the tattooed body of a sinister carnival freak.
Dancing across his skin are unsettling vignettes of life on Earth and in the depths of outer-space, from the present day through to distant futures. Soldiers on Venus struggle desperately to escape the maddening incessant rain; a family calmly prepares for the end of the world; children turn their virtual-reality nursery against their ineffectual parents …
At first glance, this is science fiction rooted firmly in 1950s America – the paranoia of McCarthyism, apocalyptic fears of the Cold War, concern about colonial ambitions, racial segregation and the dangers of television. But as Bradbury’s stories rise before us, we find that the questions he asks, and the anxieties he explores, are universal.
In her insightful introduction, Margaret Atwood explores Bradbury’s unique talent and how encountering his work in her formative years shaped her own writing.
This dazzling edition also boasts a stunning metallic-cloth binding and stark illustrations by Marc Burckhardt, which float above the page as if emerging from the surface of a freckled skin.
Bound in metallic buckram printed with a design by the artist. Set in Berling. 216 pages. Frontispiece and 5 colour illustrations. Blocked slipcase. 9½’’ x 6¼˝.
UK £34.95 US $51.95 Can $69.95 Aus $69.95
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