Defectos-sobrecubiertaLibro de los defectos de los demás

Chu-li Chen
ISBN:978-84-943625-6-9
176 pages
21,5 x 28 cm.
PVP: 22 euro

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Book of the Defects of Others

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Although she has chosen to portray herself as a man with a head that looks like a Spanish omelette, Chu-li Chen is a Taiwanese illustrator. Several years ago, she visited our Publisher House with an award-winning book granted in London at the Victoria & Albert Museum, as the best project created by a Design student.

We must admit that Chu-li came to Spain, above all, attracted by the "chorizo" sausage (and perhaps, a little by the Spanish omelette too), because she has a sweet-tooth for chorizo. In other individuals, this peculiarity would be a very serious defect however in the case of our friend, it is an unquestionable virtue.

As the author explains, the idea for this book occurred to her when she detected major character differences between British people and her fellow Taiwanese citizens. She wished to create a book and she did it her way: by building cloth dolls, which she painted and arranged on the screen of a photocopier to achieve movement effects. It may seem strange, but the original artworks in this book are photocopies.

By means of five characters: Señora Chismosa (Mrs. Gossip), Señor Pusilánime (Mr. Faint-Hearted), Señor Caviloso (Mr. Broody), Señora Errátil (Mrs. Errata) and Señor Ebrio (Mr. Tipsy), we shall discover the dangerous people whom Chu-li met in Europe. Perhaps, they represent persons we know; maybe we are those people. As a famous Chinese proverb says, «No one is perfect»; and as another less famous one says, which concludes the books, «If we had no flaws, we would not enjoy observing them so much in others».

This book: Libro de los defectos de los demás is especially recommended for the fans of artistic editions, for the readers of the Moral Characters of Theophrastus (if you liked that book, you will love this one), for people who eat sausage while they read (the book has exactly the same red colour) and for people with defects in general.

Chu-li Chen