The UK publishing powerhouse, Faber &Faber, is re-issuing several titles from Amos Tutuola’s repertoire and these are the covers they dreamt up. This lazy graphic art that looks like generic Photoshop patterns.
Tutuola’s work deserves much better. His first novel, The Palmwine Drinkard, was published by Faber & Faber way back in 1952. It was an instant international hit, with an American edition released the following year and Tutuola getting a mention in Vogue magazine. After 50 years of being in circulation, the novel deserves a far more creative cover art.
The continent is swarming with artists doing amazing work—from painting, to illustrating, to animation. Tell me, what stops Faber & Faber from commissioning some like Laolu Senbanjo of Afromysterics, Wangechi Mutu, Victor Ehikhamenon, Pieter Hugo, or Ralph Ziman to do the covers?
It’s cool that Faber & Faber is doing a reissue of all these titles. But why aren’t they making the extra financial and creative investment needed for a stunningly beautiful cover?
Tutuola is a fantasist and his work is pure genius. Can you imagine what art inspired by his work would look like?