Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Century - libra fantastica!

I don't know Italian so my catchy phrase in the title might be all wrong, but I trust you to get the gist of it. Phaidon's tome (comes in sizes small and large!) is a must in all homes and you can safely buy it as a birthday- or Christmas gift to all people you know, who are unlucky enough not to own one. If they are crazy people and don't like it, they can always use it as a doorstop or a handy weapon.

The basic thing is that the book tries to take a scope of our last century and present it to you in fantastic photographs. But, that's not all! Each time period starts with a short introduction, followed by some of the things really, really clever people of the time said (you know, Churchill, Hemingway, Sitwell and Camus for instance). Then you are awash in photos galore - all in all more than a thousand of them. But, just to make sure you know what you are looking at, each chapter ends with brief presentations of each picture.

For those of you who are linguistically challenged I have illustrated the last paragraph in a supremely pedagogic image to your right. Click on the image to enlarge it. Enjoy!

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