Book Reviews


Alice's Adventures in Wonderland

150th Anniversary Edition, Illustrated by Salvador Dalí
(Woodstock: Princeton University Press, 2015) 104pp

A work of art incorporating rebelliousness, revolution, paradox; distortions of space and time, logic, size, and proportion; disbelief in conventional reality; assimilation of dreams, wordplay, and the ineffable nature of childhood. – Mark Burstein on ‘Dodgson and Dalí’

In 1969, Random House commissioned surrealist painter, Salvador Dalí, to produce 13 illustrations, 12 in full colour, for a new edition of Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. The unity of Carroll’s ability to deliver an unconventional fairy-tale and Dalí’s ability to push the limits of reality was an ingenious pairing. Read More

Lewis Carroll, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland – 150th anniversary ed. Illustrated by Salvador Dalí (Woodstock: Princeton University Press, 2015) 104pp
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Picasso: My Grandfather

(New York: Riverhead Books, 2001) 198pp

For Picasso, the most banal object became a work of art.
The same was true of the women who had the privilege- or misfortune-of being swept up in his tornado. He submitted them to his animal sexuality, tamed them, bewitched them, ingested them and crushed them onto his canvas. (Picasso: 2001, 180)

When Picasso died in 1973, he left behind four children and three grandchildren. ‘In order to create, he had to destroy everything that got in the way of his creation’ (Picasso: 2001, 74), and Picasso: My Grandfather is a raw account of a girl, then a woman, who would only ever see the evil in Picasso’s genius, and witnesses the destruction first hand. She bravely recounts her life as a Picasso, and the 14 years of psychoanalysis in order to reach a place where she no longer feels in the shadow of her Grandfather. Read More