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Orhan Pamuk on Book Covers

“If a novelist can finish a book without dreaming of its cover, he is wise, well-rounded, and a fully formed adult, but he’s also lost the innocence that made him a novelist in the first place.

We cannot recall the books we most love without also recalling their covers

When designers decide that The Red and the Black deserves a red and black jacket, or when they decorate books entitled Blue House or Chateau with illustrations of blue houses or chateaux, they do not leave us thinking they’ve been faithful to the text but wondering if they’ve read the book.”

Three notes on book covers, found in Nine of the same in Orhan Pamuk’s Other Colours Essays and a Story (Faber, 2007)

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