I am finding it hard to post on all the interesting things that find their way to my inbox – I have no idea how bloggers with serious traffic sort through it all – and I am late to the game on this but I wanted to make a note of it nonetheless.
As part of the relaunch of the Vintage Classic Imprint Vintage is launching something called Vintage Classic Twins. The idea is to pair a classic work of literature with a contemporary novel in such a way as to provoke a new way of thinking about both classic and contemporary novels:
Each Twin consists of two books: a specially designed limited edition of one modern classic and one established work. The two books have been carefully selected to provide a thought-provoking combination. They have linked cover designs and will be shrink-wrapped together and sold for a special RRP of Â£7.99. Some of the pairings could be considered controversial but Vintage is keen to incite debate about these works and encourage readers to look at the classics from new and perhaps unexpected angles.
As a fan of both classics and contemporary works I think it is a great idea. Check out the website for the details and pairings. I am looking forward to the Crime pairing of Ripleyâ€™s Game by Patricia Highsmith &Crime and Punishment by Fyodor Dostoevsky shamefully neither of which I have read. The same goes for the Youth pack of Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh &Oliver Twist by Charles Dickens
Which pairing interests you? Any that you think are wrong? What classic and contemporary books do you think would match up well?