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this is rather wonderful and wholly unexpected and not just in the sense that what francis spufford writes is always unexpected, but in the sense that you don't bank on this much enjoyment from a collection of linked short stories all bound together by the economics of soviet central planning during the khrushchev era (with extensive notes and appendices). It's history! says the dust jacket, It's fiction! It's a comedy of ideas! except that it's not in the least bit zany despite it's glorious refusal to recognise genre boundaries. it's rich and serious and deeply moving in parts. also you really do come out the other end understanding quite a lot about the disastrous economics of the soviet union in the 1960s.
trawling through some old artwork the other day i came across this little graphic from 20 or so years ago when i was doing lots of illustrations for magazines and children's books. i had forgotten it completely and consequently forgotten that curious was only part of a long ongoing obsession with dead dogs...
two more illustrations that won't get used in the red house, now that i've ditched illustrations altogether
the fine picture of the nazi ogre being beheaded was drawn (to order) by my son
a wordle thereof to celebrate finishing a full draft of the red house
from which, i realise, you can tell pretty much nothing except that it's neither crime, erotica or sci-if