IndustryJonathan Safran Foer's book, Tree of Codes

writes on February 23, 2011

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Jonathan Safran Foer’s book, Tree of Codes, pushes the limits of what a book can be. I love the sheer audacity of it.

He constructed it by taking his favorite book, The Street of Crocodiles by Bruno Schulz, and cutting out words to form a completely new story.

It’s not only a beautiful creation, it was a puzzle that had to be solved. The world needs more creativity like this.

Close-up shot of the book which has words cut out of each page

The cover of the book which has a lot of black dots on a white background, with the title of the book and the author's name

Another photo of the book pages showing sentences cut out of the pages

11 Responses to “Jonathan Safran Foer's book, Tree of Codes”

  1. Wow! That is amazing – true creativity!!

  2. I’m going to have to buy this book now. I loved Everything is Illuminated!

  3. Samjoseph Desuza on February 24, 2011 at 6:07 am said:

    Innovative. Loved it.

  4. I think you should read “Street of Crocodiles” before reading this work first.
    Bruno Schulz was one of the most creative polish writers/painters, murdered by the SS

  5. David Roberts on February 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm said:

    This is not a new idea, Tom Phillips took a Victorian novel and made it into a new book (The Humument) buy removing and highlighting words and it is beautiful. You can see a binding I made for it here There is also an app for the Humument

  6. Brilliance. Would’ve taken so much time, time we all have if we make it exist! Guess you gotta have the passion.

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