Life of Pi: Signed Illustrated EditionHardback
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- Publisher: Canongate Books Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 336 pages
- Dimensions: 201mm x 262mm x 36mm | 1,288g
- Publication date: 1 October 2007
- Publication City/Country: Edinburgh
- ISBN 10: 1841958484
- ISBN 13: 9781841958484
- Edition statement: Signed ed
- Sales rank: 40,097
This hardback, slipcased edition is signed by Yann Martel and illustrator Tomislav Torjanac "Life of Pi" needs little introduction. Since it was first published in 2002 it has entered mainstream consciousness and remains one of the most extraordinary works of fiction in recent years. In October 2005 Canongate launched a competition with "The Times" to find an artist to illustrate Yann Martel's international bestseller. Soon the competition expanded as the "Globe and Mail" and "The Age" newspapers also launched a search in Canada and Australia. From thousands of entries, Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was chosen as the illustrator for this new edition of "Life of Pi". 'My vision of the illustrated edition of "Life of Pi" is based on paintings from a first person's perspective - Pi's perspective. The interpretation of what Pi sees is intermeshed with what he feels and it is shown through use of colours, perspective, symbols, hand gestures, etc.' The idea behind this approach is a kind of an extension of Mr. Martel's idea as expressed in this quote: "It seemed natural that Mr. Patel's story should be told mostly in the first person - in his voice and through his eyes. But any inaccuracies or mistakes are mine". (Tomislav Torjanac).
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Yann Martel was born in Spain in 1963, of Canadian parents. He is the author of Life of Pi, published to international acclaim in over forty countries and winner of the 2002 Man Booker Prize, and a number of collections of short stories, including The Facts Behind The Helsinki Roccamatios.
"A terrific book... fresh, original, smart, devious, crammed with absorbing lore." Margaret Atwood, Sunday Times "Every page offers something of tension, humanity, surprise or even ecstasy." The Times "A unique and original story, brilliantly told." Guardian "Its sheer audaciousness, complex originality, breathtaking daring, virtuoso command of the language and imagery make Life of Pi a tour de force... It will stand the test of time." Lisa Jardine (Man Booker Prize judge 2002)"