The Overcoat by Nikolai Gogol and Sarah Dobai (Four Corners Books)

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In The Overcoat, a lowly government clerk's life is briefly transformed by the extravagant purchase of a new coat. This new edition is accompanied by artwork from Sarah Dobai, who has taken a series of images of commercial displays, taken in London and Paris, to reflect upon the story’s preoccupation with material desire and illusion.

Four Corners Books is an independent publishing house, founded in 2007 by Elinor Jansz and Richard Embray. For their Familiars series, Four Corners commission artists to produce new illustrated editions of classic novels. By 'smuggling' contemporary art into the Classics sections of bookshops, Jansz and Emray hope that art can be brought to new audiences at affordable prices. Four Corners collaborate with artists working in different media and at different stages of their careers. Sometimes an artist's approach to their commissioned text is respectful, even celebratory, and sometimes it is subversive. In each case, designer John Morgan works closely with the artist to ensure that their approach to the text is reflected in the format and layout of the book.

Illustrated by Sarah Dobai

Publisher: Four Corner Books (2015)
Hardback: 88 pages
Dimensions: 29 × 21.5 cm

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