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Series: New York Review Books
ISBN: 9781681372433
Pages: 288
Publication Date: November 20, 2018

The Labyrinth

by Saul Steinberg, introduction by Nicholson Baker, afterword by Harold Rosenberg



Saul Steinberg’s The Labyrinth, first published in 1960 and long out of print, is more than a simple catalog or collection of drawings— these carefully arranged pages record a brilliant, constantly evolving imagination confronting modern life. Here is Steinberg, as he put it at the time, discovering and inventing a great variety of events: "Illusion, talks, music, women, cats, dogs, birds, the cube, the crocodile, the museum, Moscow and Samarkand (winter, 1956), other Eastern countries, America, motels, baseball, horse racing, bullfights, art, frozen music, words, geometry, heroes, harpies, etc.” This edition, featuring a new introduction by Nicholson Baker, an afterword by Harold Rosenberg, and new notes on the artwork, will allow readers to discover this unique and wondrous book all over again.

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One of the towering creative forces of the 20th Century.
—Françoise Mouly, art editor, The New Yorker

For the six decades, [Steinberg’s] amazing work levitated this magazine; here was a major twentieth-century artist who also possessed an unmatched gift for the magazine page especially The New Yorker’s.
—Ian Frazier, The New Yorker

Is there any subject—or object, for that matter—that Saul Steinberg didn’t have at with his swordlike pen? Cartoonist-artist extraordinaire, he was a veritable Leonardo of graphic drollery.
—Grace Glueck, The New York Times

Steinberg certainly produced his share of classics, and in the process he helped pave the way for a culture of boundary-blurrers.... He showed that literature can be created without using a single sentence.
—Deborah Solomon, The New York Times Book Review