As io9 revealed yesterday, the new cover art for Alejandro Jodorowsky's Where the Bird Sings Best is here!
Designed by Richard Ljoenes to resemble an old-timey circus poster, the visually explosive cover forecasts the religious and mystical facets of a book that teems with imagery and iconography. A Heraldic eagle, symbols from the Tarot (including from the thirteenth card, Death, which Jodorowsky always keeps on his person), bees and honeycomb, a kingly lion with a crown of thorns, and a Star of David all spread before the background of a circus tent.
Where the Bird Sings Best
by Alejandro Jodorowsky
Translated from the Spanish by Alfred MacAdam
There has never been an artist like the polymathic Chilean director, author, and mystic Alejandro Jodorowsky. For eight decades, he has blazed new trails across a dazzling variety of creative fields. While his psychedelic, visionary films have been celebrated by the likes of John Lennon, Marina Abramovic, and Kanye West, his novels—praised throughout Latin America in the same breath as those of Gabriel García Márquez—have remained largely unknown in the English-speaking world. Until now.
Where the Bird Sings Best tells the fantastic story of the Jodorowskys’ emigration from Ukraine to Chile amidst the political and cultural upheavals of the 19th and 20th centuries. Like One Hundred Years of Solitude, Jodorowsky’s book transforms family history into heroic legend: incestuous beekeepers hide their crime with a living cloak of bees, a czar fakes his own death to live as a hermit amongst the animals, a devout grandfather confides only in the ghost of a wise rabbi, a transgender ballerina with a voracious sexual appetite holds a would-be saint in thrall. Kaleidoscopic, exhilarating, and erotic, Where the Bird Sings Best expands the classic immigration story to mythic proportions.
Print edition due March 2015