Cormac McCarthy’s Pulitzer Prize-winning novel The Road is presented as a Folio collector’s edition, with artist Gérard DuBois’s beautiful and desolate illustrations and Michael Chabon’s New York Review of Books essay. Winner of the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize at the V&A Illustration Awards 2022.
No Country for Old Men
Illustrated by Gérard DuBois
Cormac McCarthy’s sparse and beautiful writing is perfectly mirrored by Gérard DuBois’s hauntingly understated images for this Folio Society edition of the Western thriller No Country for Old Men.
‘Somewhere out there is a true and living prophet of destruction, and I don’t want to confront him. I know he’s real. I have seen his work.’
With his pale blue eyes and dead stare, McCarthy’s villain Chigurh remains one of modern fiction’s most memorable bad guys. Set in West Texas, No Country for Old Men unfurls from the bloody aftermath of a clash of cartels, a deal gone wrong, and a very, very bad decision. Audiences remain captivated throughout by the stone-cold killer at the heart of McCarthy’s cinematic Western. Gérard DuBois, whose illustrations for Folio’s The Road won him the Moira Gemmill Illustrator of the Year Prize at the V&As, returns with his signature style that so perfectly complements McCarthy’s writing. His masterfully chosen colour palette paints scenes in black-and-white or faded desert hues, shot through with splashes of blood red. Through seven quietly arresting images, DuBois nods to traditional Western artists while capturing a stillness, often in the aftermath of violence or the tension of waiting. Bound in cloth screen-printed with a design by the artist, the cover art is muted yet beautifully rendered in dusky ochre. When you look closely, you glimpse the startling body count reached by the end of McCarthy’s modern Western masterpiece of American literature.
Bound in screen-printed cloth
Set in Maxime
Black & white illustrated title-page spread plus 6 colour illustrations
9˝ x 5¾˝
With its dark themes, exploration of violence and morality, and vividly drawn central characters, it's no surprise that the Coen Brothers’ 2007 adaptation of McCarthy’s No Country for Old Men swept the 2008 Academy Awards©. From the first spectacularly violent scene, we know that Chigurh is a terrifying adversary, described as ‘pretty much pure evil’ by McCarthy himself, who worked with the Coen brothers on the film adaptation. The violence is uniquely poetic in its descriptions, and the sense of menace is unrelenting. Written in between Blood Meridian and The Road, and after his ‘Border Trilogy’, this story is sparser in style than McCarthy’s earlier novels. Written originally in screenplay form in only six months, it’s a stunning example of McCarthy’s broad storytelling genius and was an obvious choice for a Folio edition to add to any McCarthy fan’s collection.
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