Jonathan Safran Foer′s beautiful new book, Tree of Codes, is already one of the literary sensations of the year - this remarkable book is both art and literature.
Safran Foer′s book is an example of a ‘tactile’ book. Published by Visual Editions in London, the book was created by cutting pieces of text from Foer′s favorite book, The Street of Crocodiles by Polish author Bruno Schulz. A die-cut technique has been used and the book is both a sculpture to be admired and an object to be read.
The Street of Crocodiles, a collection of short stories, was first published in Polish in 1934 and was not translated into English until 1963. The stories detail a merchant family in a small town and feature many mythical elements. Schulz, a Jew, was shot and killed by a German officer in the street of his hometown, Drohobycz in 1942. Safran Foer has a following after writing bestsellers like Everything Is Illuminated, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, and Eating Animals.