Haunted castles and underlying themes: new magazines

The second installment of Peter Mendelsund’s series of essays on jacketing fiction is up, in which he asks whether designers “are, or should be, in the business of representing the underlying themes put forward by the works of fiction that we are charged with making jackets for.”

There is a lot of Central and Eastern European writing and reviews in recent magazine issues, including:

The latest issue of The Quarterly Conversation has reviews of Andrei Bely’s Petersburg, of Lev Loseff’s biography of Joseph Brodsky, of Polish writer Magdalena Tulli’s In Red and of An Ermine in Czernopol by Gregor von Rezzori among a lot of other great reviews.

Words Without Borders’ The Fantastic issue has stories by Serbia’s Ranko Trifković – “Orkish Cornbread,” a cookbook for sprites – Slovenia’s Maja Novak “The Ghosts are Schrödinger Cats,” described as a visit to a Scottish castle haunted by the Bosnian conflict.

Painting – Anonymous, formerly attributed to Lucas van Leyden

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