Precioso humor negro: una recopilación ilustrada de las muertes más oscuras y aburdas de la historia.
The Book of Extraordinary Deathsintroduces readers to the bizarre demises of thinkers, writers, monarchs, artists, and notable nobodies throughout history. Beginning in the seventh century BC with the unusual death of Draco and journeying chronologically to the present day, Ruiz’s playfully sinister giftbook illustrates and describes the infamous deaths of these unfortunate souls. From stories of the hot-air balloon duel that claimed a Frenchman’s life to the fatal wardrobe malfunction of famed dancer Isadora Duncan,The Book of Extraordinary Deathsis a uniquely clever and gorgeously rendered meditation on life’s ironies and mysteries. With Ruiz’s witty descriptions and rich, captivating illustrations, her characters come to life on the page even as they shuffle off this mortal coil.
“Ruiz’s sinister selections and quirky technique add up to a delightfully morbid foray into history.” —Publishers Weekly
“This slender, magnificent book is about the central tragedy of human existence, the dreadful final reckoning to which all flesh is heir. It’s an absolute hoot.” —Gene Weingarten, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist and columnist
Cecilia Ruiz is an illustrator and graphic designer living and working in New York. She is the author of The Book of Memory Gaps, and obtained a BFA in Graphic Design from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City and a MFA in Illustration at the School of Visual Arts in New York City.