Friday, July 26, 2019

The Friday Face-Off: Upside Down

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme here at Books by Proxy. Join us every Friday as we pit cover against cover, and publisher against publisher, to find the best artwork in our literary universe. You can find a list of upcoming topics at Lynn's Books.

This week's topic is:
“Ludo ….. down” – A cover that is Upside Down

One of the first books that came to mind for this week's 'upside down' prompt was The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle by Haruki Murakami. Unfortunately, there only seems to be one cover edition that actually has the upside down element, but I decided to share a few different cover varieties anyway. And since only one Murakami book has an upside down element, I decided to share a small handful of other random books I thought of that have upside down elements as well at the end.

  The Wind-Up Bird ChronicleTrækopfuglens krønikeChroniques de l'oiseau à ressort
1998 US Vintage | 2001 Danish | 2004 French

  The Wind-Up Bird ChronicleZemberekkuÅŸu'nun GüncesiThe Wind-Up Bird Chronicle
1997 US Knopf | 2018 Turkish | 2015 US Vintage

Fågeln som vrider upp världenBiên Niên Ký Chim Vặn Dây CótΤο κουρδιστό πουλί
2008 Swedish | 2007 Vietnamese | 2005 Greek

My choice:
I will always be partial to the early Murakami Vintage editions and I just love this design. When I first started reading Murakami back in the day, these were still the regular covers available, though now they've republished just about all of them with new covers. I like the new covers, but I'd love to finish up my collection with all the originals that I love (like this one!).
The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle

Which covers do you like best?

Bonus upside-down covers!
The Wicked + The Divine, Vol. 1: The Faust ActTess of the Road (Tess of the Road, #1)Alias HookThe Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time


  1. These prompts can be so hard! I really like that Alias Hook cover, it reminds me of a wood carving.

    1. They really can be, it's definitely usually a challenge, haha. It actually really does look like a wood carving! I love that cover so much.

  2. Some of these are really cool- I think I like the Danish one for some reason, maybe it's the wings, I'm not sure :)

    1. I really like the wings on the Danish one also, it feels like an angle/cut out I haven't really seen on covers, either.

  3. I love the cover you picked, and I also love the Greek edition, for some reason. Great choice!