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Lewis Carroll’s “Alice” – Done Differently

Ken Sanders, a longtime seller on AbeBooks, is now offering a rare and highly unusual edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland stories. Les Aventures d’Alice au pays des Merveilles at De l’autre cote du mirroir et de ce qu’Alice y trouva (Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There) is illustrated by Dutch-born artist Pat Andrea. It was published in 2006 by Paris firm, Diane de Selliers.

Ken describes Andrea’s interpretation of Alice as having “an angrier and more disturbing edge than that of traditional Alice illustration, with dark glimmers of bondage, sexual hegemony, and voyeurism. A stunning addition to the visual Alice canon.”

I think Lewis Carroll would have a seizure if he saw this particular edition of Alice in Wonderland. Apparently, Andrea’s art is called magical realism. He was born in 1942 in Den Haag but lives and works in Paris and Buenos Aires.

The book comes in two hardcover volumes in a slipcase with a prospectus. The text is in French and English, and the price is £330.

(Images courtesy of Ken Sanders)

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