Jiri Trnka: Books made me

Some books are so part of you that they have crept into your DNA.

My first:

Han Christian Andersen’s Fairy Tales
Published by Paul Hamlyn
Illustrated by Jiri Trnka

I got this book for my second Christmas, so it has been around with me for a long, long time. It is now a dirty white, and the binding is nearly gone.

There are some grim little silhouettes:
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And it is quite funny to spot the occasional drawings by little me.
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But Trnka’s soft, smudgy, ethereal work are the star. There is something dark and mysterious and so Other about them.
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