Friday, February 10, 2023

The Friday Face-Off: Recent Read


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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:
Recent Read

Since none of the books I'm currently reading have more than one edition of the cover, I decided to take a look at some recent reads for inspiration. Even though I didn't end up liking this book quite as much as I'd hoped to, I still think Osamu Dazai is a great author and his books have a nice variety of editions, so I've decided to feature No Longer Human by Osamu Dazai, which I read last month. There is a pretty large variety of cover editions for this one, so let's take a look at them!

2001 US Paperback | 1958 US Paperback | 2009 Italian

2015 Polish | 2015 Turkish | 2017 Arabic

2015 Portuguese | 2020 Indonesian | 2017 Japanese

2006 Japanese | 2020 Polish | 2015 German

2020 Persian | 2022 Serbian | 2021 Romanian

2020 Turkish | 2020 Ukrainian | 2020 Indonesian

My choice(s):
I'm really not sure I could make a final choice from these. I am partial to the 2001 US paperback edition I read, though I also really like the Portuguese, Arabic, and 2006 Japanese editions. These all have something really neat about them, though I am extremely unsure what's going on with that 2020 Indonesian cover. Don't let it fool you, this is not a book that reflect whatever is happening there, haha. 


  1. Wow, these are all so different! I'm not sure that any of them really appeal to me, though!

    1. Yeah, very surprising how different they all are! There was no big winner for me this week, either.

  2. These are very different! I like several of them, especially the 2020 Polish edition.