Book Art: Jonathan Safran Foer’s “Tree of Codes”

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The work of artists you admire is no doubt an inspiration for your own creative output. But it’s rare that an artist takes the actual work of someone they look up to and repurposes it into a new artistic work all their own. For Jonathan Safran Foer (Everything is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close), however, his connection to his favourite book – Bruno Schulz’s 1934 collection of short stories The Street of Crocodiles – was so strong that he sculpted his own piece of literature of out it.


By Jonathan Safran Foer from Visual Editions (2010)

For his 2010 book, Tree of Codes, Foer painstakingly cut out words and phrases that were already present in The Street of Crocodiles to create an entirely new story out of the remaining text. To find out more about why he decided to create his third novel out of an existing one, read his Huffington Post blog article or check out the video below.

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