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  • Published: 1 December 2009
  • ISBN: 9780224078092
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $39.99

Robert Crumb's Book of Genesis


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From the Creation to the death of Joseph, here are all fifty chapters of the Book of Genesis, revealingly illustrated as never before.

Envisioning the first book of the Bible like no one before him, R. Crumb, the legendary illustrator, retells the story of Genesis in a profoundly honest and deeply moving way. Originally thinking that he would do a takeoff of Adam and Eve, Crumb became so fascinated by the Bible’s language, “a text so great and so strange that it lends itself readily to graphic depictions,” that he decided instead to do a literal interpretation using the text word for word, assembled primarily from the translations of Robert Alter and the King James Version.

Now, readers of every persuasion—Crumb fans, comic book lovers, and believers—can gain astonishing new insights from these harrowing, tragic, and even juicy stories. Crumb’s Book of Genesis reintroduces us to the bountiful tree-lined garden of Adam and Eve, the massive ark of Noah with beasts of every kind, the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah destroyed by brimstone and fire that rained from the heavens, and the Egypt of the Pharaohs.

  • Pub date: 1 December 2009
  • ISBN: 9780224078092
  • Imprint: Jonathan Cape
  • Format: Hardback
  • Pages: 224
  • RRP: $39.99

About the Author

Robert Crumb

Born in Philadelphia, R. Crumb lives in the south of France with his wife and daughter.


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