City Library N: the most unusual books in the world

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City Library N: the most unusual books in the world
City Library N: the most unusual books in the world

Candy-colored orange-petal streamlined baby, Serafini's Code, The Book of Nothing - the most unusual books in the world.

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Candy-colored orange-petal streamlined baby

In English, the title of this book is “The Kandy-Kolored Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby”. This is the first book by the American writer Tom Wolfe, the founder of the so-called "new journalism" trend in literature. The book is a collection of 22 essays written by the writer for various magazines and newspapers in the United States. The publication was first published in 1965.

The book got its name from one of the essays included in it and published in Esquare magazine in 1963 under an even more bizarre title: “There Goes (Varoom! Varoom!) That Kandy-Kolored (Thphhhhhh!) Tangerine-Flake Streamline Baby (Rahghhh !) Around the Bend (Brummmmmmmmmmmmmmm)…”


The Seraphini Code

Codex Seraphinianus was written and illustrated by Italian architect and industrial designer Luigi Serafini in the late 1970s. Consists of 360 pages, on which the unknown world is described in detail in an unknown language in an incomprehensible alphabet.

The word Seraphinianus stands for Strange and Extraordinary Representations of Animals and Plants and Hellish Incarnations of Normal Items from the Annals of Naturalist / Unnaturalist Luigi Serafini, which translated into Russian means: “Strange and unusual representations of animals, plants and hellish incarnations of normal things from the depths of consciousness of the naturalist / anti-naturalist Luigi Serafini.

Among other things, the book depicts and describes unusual plant species such as floating trees, hybrids of vegetables and fruits; surreal animals, for example, fish-eye, horse-larva, etc.; representatives of a race of people with very strange bodies; unknown sciences, probably similar to physics and chemistry; bizarre technique, unusual mechanisms, etc. The original edition of the book is rare and expensive, so few people seem to be able to flip through it.

Book of Nothing

But this book - The Nothing Book - is not even worth trying to read, because there is literally nothing to read there. It simply consists of completely blank 192 pages and, in fact, is a notebook (if not for its name).


Publicist Stefan Kefner said of the book in Time magazine: "The book of Nothing is the best mockery of worthless books." The most surprising thing is that the book was probably a success, since already at the end of 1974 (the year of the first edition), a second edition was released with a volume of 160 pages. True, it already had a subtitle: "Do you want to make something out of her?" to a desert island, he replied that he would like to take with him five books with blank pages. The book Nothing is such a book. The possibilities are endless. Write your own novel, compose an author's collection of culinary recipes, draw, make lists, keep notes, collect autographs, write poetry, plan a vacation, start a diary, paste in clippings, come up with clothing patterns, invent your own style of embroidery or knitting, strike just like that, add songs, enter important dates, start a guest book, dry flowers, collect your favorite sayings, collect or invent funny incidents, use your imagination - do something! The Book of Nothing is your book, which means it can be anything you want it to be. As Byron says, Rejoice everyone, whoever gets into the press: Although the book is nothing, but the book is all the same."

Over time, "The Book of Nothing" began to gain more and more popularity, and later began to be referred to as a kind of conceptual action like "Black Square" by Kazimir Malevich, John Cage's play "Four Minutes 33 Seconds" and so on. Other similar publications began to appear.For example, in 2011, Briton Sheridan Saimov published a book called “What all men think about besides sex,” which also consists of completely blank pages.

In addition to publishing books "with meaning", the idea of ​​creating aesthetically beautiful books is widespread.

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