Feb 18

Dada? Nyet nyet!Click for larger image

Gwynyth Comments: “Time to Marie Kondo the hell out of this place”.

Published 1981

Actually, that cover IS a classical work of art!I would touch it without protective gloves.I've seen worse. Far, far, worse.Interesting, but I would still read it in public.Middlng: Neither awful nor awfully goodWould not like to be seen reading that!Awful... just awful...That belongs in a gold-lame picture frame!Gah... my eyes are burning! Feels so good!Good Show Sir! (Average: 6.71 out of 10)

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19 Responses to “Brave Old World”

  1. THX 1139 Says:

    “Sure, let the kids have their party, you said – and NOW LOOK!”

  2. fred Says:

    I say there is no such thing as too much verdigris,

  3. Francis Boyle Says:

    Yesterday the woman was a plant. Today she’s a random piece of rubbish. It’s almost enough to make me nostalgic for an honest, sexist T&A fantasy heroine with big boobs and a stupid pout.

  4. Ryan Says:

    It all started when Empidoceles and Clymestre argued about whose turn it was to clean the sink at the Temple of Mithras, but things escalated, and thirty years later here we are.

  5. JuanPaul Says:

    I’m not getting a warm vibe from the latest additions to la Sagrada Familia.

  6. Tat Wood Says:

    All this week, people have been saying ‘it’s not the same without Mardi Gras’ but where do people keep that stuff the other 364 days?

    At least on Boxing Day you get to regift.

  7. Bibliomancer Says:

    Don’t you hate it when college kids throw a lease-breaking party

  8. Tor Mented Says:

    I admire the artist’s ability to create texture. But the more I look at this, the less I understand what’s going on.

  9. B. Chiclitz Says:

    Max Ernst called. He wants his imagery and technique back.

  10. Bruce Munro Says:

    @B. Chiclitz: out behind Max’s house,the garbage dump of poorly realized and discarded artistic concepts, gently steaming like a manure pile in the sun.

    (One man’s trash is another man’s cover art…treasure?)

  11. Tracy Says:

    Some people bronze their baby shoes. Others their trash pile.

  12. fred Says:

    What you get when you choose the wrong beast of burden to carry a howdah.

  13. Bruce A Munro Says:

    From the SF online encyclopedia: Cette Chère Humanité (1976; trans by Steve Cox as Brave Old World 1981), which won the 1977 Prix Apollo (see Awards), examines the effects of lifespan extension (through the Invention of “slow-time”) upon an EEC isolated for decades behind an artificial barrier.

    Which explains absolutely nothing about the cover, save for the pun in the English title.

  14. Griz Says:

    Its like Hieronymus Bosch but with less symbology. Or talent.

  15. GSS ex-noob Says:

    What is this I don’t even.

    @Bruce: Could it be — and I realize this is may be a shocking speculation — that the UAI cover was randomly slapped on an unrelated novel?

    @FB: There’s a pair of boobs over to the right, but I suppose you might have gone blind from the festival-o-tarnished crap before getting that far.

  16. Raoul Says:

    O Brave Old World
    That has such WTF in it

  17. A.R. Yngve Says:

    It’s the commercial aspect of this cover that puzzles me…

    If publishers wanted *selling* covers at a very low price, then there’s a huuuge backlist of cheesy-but-slick 19th century paintings they could use instead of disturbing, highbrow Surrealist art.

    Again the big question arises: Do skiffy publishers struggle with self-loathing issues?

  18. GSS ex-noob Says:

    And in 1981, no less. Post-disco, early Reagan/Thatcher… this was NOT the aesthetic that sold then. I can hear 1981 me saying “Wow, that’s ugly”.

    Maybe the artist only was told the middle word of the title.

  19. 1Thunderfire Says:

    I’m sad I lack the ability to comprehend this.

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