Friday, September 18, 2020

The Friday Face-Off: Minimalistic

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Welcome to The Friday Face-Off, a weekly meme 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:

As much as I love beautiful patterns and designs, I also enjoy a well-designed minimalist book cover! Not all of the covers for John Fowles' The Magus are minimalistic, but a few are so I decided to go with this one! It was,a s always, hard to decide which cover to feature, but I am such a fan of so many of these that I figured it'd be a really neat one to feature. (Side note: if the formatting on this post is a bit weird, please bear with me--Blogger has officially updated everyone to their new UI and I sort of hate it and have been having difficulties with formatting, so fingers crossed it all works out.)

The MagusBüyücüThe Magus
2004 Vintage Books | 2006 Turkish | 2001 Black Bay Books

The MagusThe MagusMagicianul
2001 Black Bay Books #2 (?) | 1985 Laurel-Leaf Books | 1988 Romanian

2013 Romanian |1997 Vintage | 2008 Greek 

 2001 Russian| 1997 Panther Books | 2019 Persian

My choice(s):
The MagusThe Magus
I don't necessarily care for the woman in the circle, but I have always really loved these designs that play with the typography of Fowles' name, especially in comparison to the title itself. Something about it is just really compelling! I do love the bird from the 2004 Vintage as well, though!

What cover(s) do you like the most!?


  1. This is a great choice, and my favorite is also the first one, the Vintage 2004. But wow, some of these are weird!

  2. Ugh, I've also been hating the formatting on the new Blogger! I kind of like the 2001 Black Bay cover, it looks a little creepy!