Questa Non E Una Pietra / M. Sasek
An account (translated into English as “This is not a stone”) of one of illustrator Miroslav Šašek's Roman holidays, where he imagines Moses taking a Vespa to reach the Sinai, Nero watching Rome burn on the television, a satisfied Medusa observing her new hairstyle in the mirror, Cicero addressing the major broadcast networks, David in the act of mugging his next victim, the Discobolus poised and ready to knock down all nine pins, and many other humorous graphic impertinences.
Born in Prague in 1916, Šašek studied architecture but worked as a painter and illustrator for most of his life. After moving to Paris in 1947 to study, he chose not to return to Prague after the Communist takeover. He earned a living as a graphic artist and from 1951 worked for Radio Free Europe until his death in 1980. Starting with This is Paris, published in 1957, his books painted a charmingly cosmopolitan and evocative picture of the world’s great places.
Published by Quodlibet, 2018
Captions in Italian
Paperback, 64 pages, color and b&w images, 6.4 × 9.5 inches