a common reader

book number 2000

· 31 January 2009 |  by Janantoon
· Published in: boeken verzamelen · English texts · over boeken

christoAs the number of books in my library was approaching 2000, friends of mine suggested that I should buy a special book, a statement. Problem was, I already have so many ‘statements’. The Kama Sutra? Das Kapital? Don Quijote? Shakespeare? Macchiavelli? Candide?
Moreover, what kind of statement? A political one (like Chomsky on Anarchism)? A literary one like Orwell’s Why I write?
I was almost seduced by a Taschen limited editie: Christo and Jeanne-Claude, Wrapped Reichstag, Berlin, as this was a convincing statement of modern conceptual art, and a beautiful book. But I thought 500 € was a bit too much.

arabian-nightsThen by chance I read an interview with Penguin designer Coralie Bickford-Smith. And there I found a recent design of a literary classic (that I didn’t yet possess): The Arabian Nights, Tales of 1001 Nights.
It is a new translation, the first after the legendary translation by Sir Richard Burton. If I read a story every night before I go to sleep, starting today, it will keep me busy until the 30th of October 2011.
The 1001 stories have been published in three volumns (numbers 2000, 2001 and 2002 in my library), each with its own design on the cover, and gathered in a beautiful box.
I think this is a worthy newcomer in my library. I invited a lot of friends to celebrate the occasion (well, any reason to celebrate is fine, isn’t it?) and we ended the night in a Spanish restaurant in Ghent. Perhaps, book number 2222 might also be an occasion.


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