Thursday 3 September 2015

Now that's odd

I was looking at the covers of the Chinese- and Spanish-language Penguin Classics for an upcoming post comparing how these books are presented for different audiences by the same publisher, when I noticed something odd. I'm not saying anything fishy happened here--Penguin are big and conscientious enough to pay for their cover art--bit it was quite strange to see this specially designed cover, by Hannah Naughton, for the excellent And Other Stories translation of Juan Tomás Ávila Laurel's By Night the Mountain Burns...

..turn up repurposed for the Spanish Penguin Classics edition of The Iliad.

You get used to seeing this sort of thing with famous or public domain artwork, but this is the first time I think I've come across a specific book design being reused for an utterly unrelated book.