Kafka Covers by Peter Menelsund

Kafka Covers by Peter Menelsund writing covers classics books

We’re talking every single book including The Castle, his technically unfinished novel that is in essence, madness.I wouldn’t say that makes me any kind of authority on his work, but I will say that these incredible covers by Peter Menelsund, the art director for Knopf (that owns publishing rights to all of Kafka’s work).

Kafka Covers by Peter Menelsund writing covers classics books

Perfectly captures the essence and concurrent themes in much of his writing. Even the use of Mister K, a font based on Kafka’s own handwriting is surprisingly pitch-perfect and not gimmicky as one might expect. And the eyes:

Kafka Covers by Peter Menelsund writing covers classics books

So, as you can see, I’ve gone with eyes here (not the first or last time I will use an eye as a device on a jacket-book covers are, after all, faces, both literally and figuratively, of the books they wrap). I find eyes, taken in the singular, create intimacy, and in the plural instill paranoia. This seemed a good combo for Kafka- who is so very adept at the portrayal of the individual, as well as the portrayal of the persecution of the individual.

Kafka Covers by Peter Menelsund writing covers classics books

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