1Q84 Cover Unveiled

1Q84

As you can see above, Knopf has unveiled the cover of Haruki Murakami’s forthcoming, massive novel, 1Q84. It’s quite a pretty cover.

To mark the occasion, Knopf’s blog has an informative conversation with uber-designer Chip Kidd on how he built the cover:

Logistically the title is a book designer’s dream, because its unique four characters so easily adapt it to a very strong, iconic treatment . . .

Upon reading the manuscript, it soon occurred to me that the duality of Aomame’s situation could be represented by an interaction of the book’s jacket with the binding/cover underneath. By using a semi-transparent vellum for the jacket, and printing the woman’s image in a positive/negative scheme with the title on the outside layer and the rest of her on the binding, once the jacket is wrapped around the book it ‘completes’ the picture of her face.

If you head on over to the Knopf blog, they have images where you can see exactly what Kidd means.

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Pretty, but I wouldn’t say it’s particularly innovative. I’m surprised by how eye-catching it is (considering the pale colors and the vagueness of the facial expression) but that doesn’t make it very exciting or original… Anyways, I think many readers won’t care much what the cover looks like but will focus on the name that features so boldly on the centre of the cover.

The cover is really dramatic and beautiful. At the same time, I think the major selling point is Murakami’s name.

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