Sunday, 20 February 2011

Murder, if You Can Be Bothered

I just came across this hilarious cover for a Spanish edition of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Could Raskolnikov be any less into the murder he's about to commit? Although he barely seems to have the energy to do anything more than gently nudge Alyona Ivanovna with the axe. I've never scene a less dynamic representation of the act of murder.

16 comments:

The above fore-mentioned. said...

He looks like he is lining up for a swing, but has only just woken up.

Hence72 said...

thats amazing, is there any more in the series?

missdisco said...

Japanese movies like this have ruined my mind, and i was freaked out by her eye.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nFKP9lB_F7s

JRSM said...

Hence72, I'm not sure. I don't know of any Spanish-language bookshop catalogues which I can easily navigate, or else I'd hunt down some more.

Missdisco, thank you for that. My mind is also now on the path to ruin!

claire said...

Hilarious cover, like, murder is SUCH a drag. :)

Emerson T. Styes said...

Brilliant cover! Murder frequently fills us with the desire to stare vacantly into space and be decidedly non-passionate about the whole affair.

Christy Pinheiro said...

I think this cover has a 5-star creepiness. It's even more creepy that the models are expressionless. Is this a Tutsis book?

toemail said...

Very weird cover, not sure I would buy a book with that image, sort of reduces everything to one moment, oh, right, that's the point lol.

JRSM said...

Christy, it's not a Tutis--sadly, they seem to have stopped making new books.

rixavie said...

Actually, it's a snapshot from russian 8-part movie, here: http://www.kp.ru/daily/24014.4/86589/
And sure enough the film is a total disappointment.

JRSM said...

Rixavie, thanks for that information--nice to know that they're real people, and not waxworks!

Ian Shimkoviak said...

may be of interest to you: http://www.monoscope.com/2008/01/

Murder need not be a messy affair. A light tap here and there to an old ladies head should be enough...

JRSM said...

Wow--lovely link, Ian: lots of cover images crying out for books to be written for them!

Cristina said...

http://www.nordicalibros.com/ilustrados.php

Cristina said...

oh, and
http://www.faktoriakdelibros.com/
http://www.kalandraka.com/es/novedades/1.html

both from a Galician publishing company, quite big in the spainsh ilustration market

JRSM said...

Thank you, Cristina: some really lovely work there. I will have to investigate these publishers with a view to a post about them.