Friday, August 12, 2022

The Friday Face-Off: Dark/Sky/Navy

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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:

There are a lot of dark covers out there, but since we also have the words 'sky' and 'navy' to guide us, I ended up deciding to go with Osamu Dazai's The Setting Sun. This book was originally written in Japanese, so my copy is a translation, and it's really a fairly bleak story, but definitely one worth reading. I plan to check out Dazai's No Longer Human next. The edition that I own and read is a nice solid blue cover which also acts as the sky, so I thought it'd work well. It also has a lot of cover editions to choose from, so I've grabbed a few to share here. 

The Setting SunZmierzchThe Setting Sun
2014 US Paperback | 2019 Polish | 1968 US Paperback

Batan GüneşEl declive斜陽 [Shayō]
2021 Turkish | 2017 Spanish | 2003 Japanese

شمس غاربةBatan GüneşSoleil couchant
2020 Arabic | 2016 Turkish | 1987 French

อาทิตย์สิ้นแสงAmurg斜陽 [Shayou]
2017 Thai | 2008 Romanian | 2013 Chinese

斜陽Pôr-do-sol ("Shayoo")Залязващото слънце
2009 Japanese | 1974 Portuguese | 2022 Bulgarian

My choice(s):
I really like the 2014 US paperback edition I have, but I also really like the Polish, 2009 Japanese, and 2016 Turkish covers.  There is something so beautiful to me about the simplicity of these covers, and I think they fit the story really well also. 

What cover(s) do you like the most?


  1. I like them all. I can’t pick. Regine

  2. I definitely agree about the simplicity of so many of these!

  3. I love both the first and last covers, which are very different. The graphic design of the US paperback is so good!