Three compelling reasons to read the traditional and modern classics in
THE TURNER ITÃLICA SERIES
1. Italo Calvino proclaimed that, «The classics are the books of which we usually hear people say, «I am rereading…» and never «I am reading…» « And, he added, the classics are «books that are treasured by those who have read and loved them; but they are treasured no less by those who have the luck to read them for the first time in the best conditions to enjoy them.»
The Itálica Series « Turner»s longest-running imprint « was conceived in the spirit of offering the paramount works of world literature in meticulous limited editions that would make each book, as a physical object, in some sense worthy of its content.
The best kind of reading pleasure arises naturally from traditional binding, from the finest quality materials « Bodoni typeface printed on Fabriano laid paper « and from exquisitely austere design.
2. Calvino also said that, «Your classic author is the one you cannot feel indifferent to, who helps you to define yourself in relation to him, even in dispute with him.»
So the Italica Series is presented in three sub-divisions, to help you choose just the right classic to suit the moment. Blue for prose (Cervantes, Quevedo, Juan Rulfo, García Márquez, and more), Red for poetry (Alberti, Lorca, Darío, Herrera, Neruda»¦ and an extended foray into the literary canon that comes home to Shakespeare»s sonnets).
And now the Green series, bilingual editions of Spanish, Latin American and English-speaking authors whose work straddles both literary traditions. That cultural borderland often proves fertile ground for literature, and has seen the rise of many works now acknowledged as modern classics. One such work is Luis Cernuda»s Ocnos, the inaugural title of the Green suite of the Italica Series. For it is in the heat of contrast that the strongest arguments are forged and the highest passions breed.
3. «A classic is a work which constantly generates a pulviscular cloud of critical discourse around it, but which always shakes the particles off.»
An introduction, a critical panoply and a bibliographical essay often obscure the work; paradoxically, they do not aid but hinder our understanding and enjoyment of it. In the belief that no text about a book can tell us more than the book itself, with the Italica Series we leave you on your own with the author’s words.
And, remember, «A classic is a book that has never finished saying what it has to say.»