Joe McKendry illustrates Angelika Taschen’s favorite reads June 7, 2013 – Posted in: Books and Art, Illustration

Stefan Zweig’s Marie Antoinette; by the pool in Argentario, Tuscany

Last year the arts and culture website Nowness had a chat with Angelika Taschen on the novels that shaped her life.

Taschen, the former wife of the renowned publisher Benedict Taschen and the daughter of bookshop owners, chose eight gems and then Joe McKendry went to work illustrating them.


Here are the fruits of his labor. The captions refer to the book and the place read:

Victor Hugo’s Les Miserables; in hospital, Cologne
Gottfried von Strassburg’s Tristan; a camping site, England
Hans Fallada’s The Drinker; Ayurvedic resort, Sri Lanka


Thomas Bernhard’s The Loser; in my bed, Berlin
Hans Fallada’s Every Man Dies Alone; Hydra, Greece
Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin; Chemosphere House, Los Angeles

Paul Morand’s The Allure of Chanel; on an airplane to Sri Lanka

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