Monday, February 8, 2010
Wiley, Beagle, Jemisin, Horn: New Work
The lobster wishes he had the heads of Hydra (though not its temperament!), and the canary wishes for the eyes of Argus, so that we could read more and ever more.
Above are four new or immediately upcoming releases that we hope to get to...
Kehinde Wiley, with Reynaldo Roels, The World Stage Brazil (Roberts & Tilton, January 31, 2010). From the blurb: "...a selection of 22 new portrait paintings from Kehinde Wiley's multinational World Stage series, which has included Africa, China and India in the past and now moves on to Brazil. Immersing himself in the local culture of Rio de Janeiro, Wiley incorporates the people, history and aesthetic of the city in each of his monumental male portraits."
Mirror Kingdoms: The Best of Peter S. Beagle (Subterranean, February 28, 2010). 456 pages of Beagle's best...enough said.
N.K. Jemisin, The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms (Orbit, February 25, 2010). From the starred review in PW: "Convoluted without being dense, Jemisin's engaging debut grabs readers right from the start. Yeine desires nothing more than a normal life in her barbarian homeland of Darr. But her mother was of the powerful Arameri family, and when Yeine is summoned to the capital city of Sky a month after her mother's murder, she cannot refuse. Dakarta, her grandfather and the Arameri patriarch, pits her against her two cousins as a potential heir to the throne. In an increasingly deep Zelaznyesque series of political maneuverings, Yeine, nearly powerless but fiercely determined, finds potential allies among her relatives and the gods who are forced to live in Sky as servants after losing an ancient war. Multifaceted characters struggle with their individual burdens and desires, creating a complex, edge-of-your-seat story with plenty of funny, scary, and bittersweet twists."
Fata Morgana, by Rebecca Horn, Angela Vettese, & Iso Camartin (Charta/Moontower Foundation, January 31, 2010). From the description at Amazon: "[Horn] combines photo-paintings with films produced for two cinematic-operatic works, The Deadly Flower and Fata Morgana. In the latter, Horn's photo-paintings abstractly extrapolate the opera's impassioned narrative as it is replete with bloodshed and lunacy, enacting visual narratives in collaboration with the music."