“Will the tiger be menacing; will the ocean be threatening; will the island be something out of Frankenstein or will it be an Eden?”—Yann Martel
Life of Pi, first published in 2002, became an international bestseller and remains one of the most extraordinary and popular works of contemporary fiction.
In 2005 an international competition was held to find the perfect artist to illustrate Yann Martel’s Man Booker Prize–winning novel. From thousands of entrants, Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was chosen. This lavishly produced edition features forty of Torjanac’s beautiful four-color illustrations, bringing Life of Pi to splendid, eye-popping life.
Tomislav Torjanac says of his illustrations: “My vision of the illustrated edition of Life of Pi is based on paintings from a first person’s perspective—Pi’s perspective. The interpretation of what Pi sees is intermeshed with what he feels and it is shown through [the] use of colors, perspective, symbols, hand gestures, etc.”
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Yann Martel's imaginative and unforgettable Life of Pi is a magical reading experience, an endless blue expanse of storytelling about adventure, survival, and ultimately, faith. The precocious son of a zookeeper, 16-year-old Pi Patel is raised in Pondicherry, India, where he tries on various faiths for size, attracting "religions the way a dog attracts fleas." Planning a move to Canada, his father packs up the family and their menagerie and they hitch a ride on an enormous freighter. After a harrowing shipwreck, Pi finds himself adrift in the Pacific Ocean, trapped on a 26-foot lifeboat with a wounded zebra, a spotted hyena, a seasick orangutan, and a 450-pound Bengal tiger named Richard Parker ("His head was the size and color of the lifebuoy, with teeth"). It sounds like a colorful setup, but these wild beasts don't burst into song as if co-starring in an anthropomorphized Disney feature. After much gore and infighting, Pi and Richard Parker remain the boat's sole passengers, drifting for 227 days through shark-infested waters while fighting hunger, the elements, and an overactive imagination. In rich, hallucinatory passages, Pi recounts the harrowing journey as the days blur together, elegantly cataloging the endless passage of time and his struggles to survive: "It is pointless to say that this or that night was the worst of my life. I have so many bad nights to choose from that I've made none the champion." At one point in his journey, Pi recounts, "My greatest wish--other than salvation--was to have a book. A long book with a never-ending story. One that I could read again and again, with new eyes and fresh understanding each time." It's safe to say that the fabulous, fablelike Life of Pi is such a book.
First published in 2002, Martel's breathtaking breakout novel became an international bestseller and went on to win the Man Booker Prize, and was also named Amazon.com's Best Book of 2002. In 2005, after an international competition, Croatian artist Tomislav Torjanac was selected to illustrate a special edition of Life of Pi that features 40 stunning illustrations that present a new perspective on this modern classic. --Brad Thomas Parsons
Tomislav Torjanac's Artist Statement
"I quite deliberately dressed wild animals in tame costumes of my imagination."
"Only when they threw me overboard did I begin to have doubts..."
"And what a thump it was."
"I threw the mako towards the stern."
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"A story to make you believe in the soul-sustaining power of fiction." Los Angeles Times Book Review
"Nothing short of miraculous. It's an adventure tale so filled with love for the animal kingdom that it ought to roar." Denver Post
"Although the book reverberates with echoes from sources as disparate at Robinson Crusoe and Aesop's fables, the work it most strongly recalls is Ernest Hemingway's own foray into existentialist parable, The Old Man and the Sea." The New York Times Book Review
"A fantastical tale." USA Today
"A real adventure: brutal, tender, expressive, dramatic, and disarmingly funny." San Francisco Chronicle
"Readers familiar with Margaret Atwood, Mavis Gallant, Alice Munro, Michael Ondaatje and Carol Shields should learn to make room on the map of contemporary Canadian fiction for the formidable Yann Martel." Chicago Tribune
"Fantastic in nearly every sense of the word, Life of Pi is a gripping adventure story, a parable about the place of human beings in the universe and a tantalizing work of metafiction . . . Laced with wit, spiced with terror, it's a book by an extraordinary talent." San Jose Mercury News
"If this century produces a classic work of survival literature, Martel is surely a contender." The Nation
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Book Description Harcourt, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # 0151013837
Book Description Harcourt, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 1st [illustrated]. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0151013837
Book Description Harcourt, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110151013837
Book Description Harcourt, New York, NY, 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: As New. Tomislav Torjanac (illustrator). Illustrated Edition. First thus, first illustrated edition stated first printing, number line starts with A. Hardcover in full cloth with DJ. Condition new, square tight and crisp book, no markings of any kind, no names no underlinings no highlights no bent page corners, Not a reminder. DJ as new, no tears no chips no edgewear, Price Not clipped. 4to, 336 pages, illustrated with full page plates and smaller illustrations by Tomislav Torjanac. Heavy book will require additional postage for international orders. Bookseller Inventory # 012329
Book Description Harcourt (New York), 2007. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Dust Jacket Condition: New. 1st Edition. NEW YORK:(2007). First Deluxe Illustrated Edition, first printing (indicated by full letter sequence, including the A). Hardbound. Brand new! Very Fine in a very fine dust jacket. A tight, clean copy, new and unread. NOT price-clipped. Comes with archival-quality mylar dust jacket protector. Shipped in well padded box. SIGNED BY AUTHOR and ILLUSTRATOR (Tomislaw Torjanac) on the title page. They have signed their names only, without any other writing. Signed by Author(s). Bookseller Inventory # signed-fiction-153