The Casual Optimist

Books, Design and Culture

December 9, 2011
by Dan
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Something for the Weekend

An interview with designer Suzanne Dean, creative director at Random House UK,  in The Daily Telegraph: For this year’s Man Booker winner, Dean tried out, in her own estimation, about 20 different jackets. Working with the book’s themes of time and … Continue reading

September 15, 2011
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The Beauty and Horror of Vasily Grossman

The Economist’s international editor,  Edward Lucas, discusses the work of Vasily Grossman and the BBC adaptation of his novel Life and Fate: The Economist: The Beauty and Horror of War The Economist reviews the BBC adaptation here.

September 13, 2011
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Trailer for Life and Fate

London-based creative agency Devilfish has created this fantastic Saul Bass-inspired animated trailer for a new BBC Radio dramatisation of Vasily Grossman’s novel Life and Fate: Kenneth Branagh and David Tennant star in the eight-hour dramatisation of the book, which will … Continue reading

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