3 Books To Travel This Christmas

Mars. Louis Vuitton Travel Book. By Francois Schuiten and Sylvain Tesson. 2021.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Louis Vuitton, the Maison’s founder, Louis Vuitton unveiled a new nugget in its Travel Book Series: Mars. Renowned French travel writer Sylvain Tesson and Belgian comic book illustrator François Schuiten take us on a magnificent journey to the planet Mars. This union between insatiable traveler Sylvain Tesson and artist Francois Schuiten is a pure uncommon moment of evasion, thanks to Louis Vuitton Travel Book Editorial Director Julien Guerrier who brought the project alive.

In a not so distant future where exponential population growth and rising temperatures have turned once habitable regions of the Earth into barren deserts, a man and a woman –the Adam and Eve of a new era– are sent on a mission to Mars to see if the red planet can sustain life and offer humanity a chance for survival. “Only someone with a long experience of solitude and silence, of cold and endurance, someone with a passion for the electrifying beauty of natural landscapes, could visit these uninhabited spaces”, Francois Schuiten explained about his meeting with Sylvain Tesson. The drawings of the artist plunged into the words of the travel writer to let the readers experience emotions and wonder what would be next. 

New York, Then and Now. By Marcia Reiss and Evan Joseph. Pavilion Press. 2019. 

This iconic New York book pairs classic archive photos with their modern version. New York Then and Now shows the dramatic changes that have transformed the city since 1664, when New Amsterdam became New York. The updated version of 2019 includes more vintage color and new Now photographs. Taken by Evan Joseph, a leading architectural photographer and written by Marcia Reiss, the doyenne of popular New York histories, the book offers a very interesting panorama of the everchanging nature of New York.

The city that never sleeps, America’s densest urban environment, also owns the most recognizable skyline in the world and the amazing architecture that defines it  so deeply. The constant change of New York has been its force. A journey inside the most iconic landmark that never disappeared but never stopped evolving. A vivid tour of the city and its history.

Uzbekistan: Avant-Garde Orientalists by Yaffa Assouline, Preface by Zelfira Tregulova, Photography by Harald Gottschalk. Assouline. 2021.

Uzbekistan, one of the largest countries  of Central Asia, shares its borders with  Kazakhstan, Kirghizistan, Tadjikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. This beautiful book unveils a compilation of Avant-Garde Orientalist art showcased in the Karakalpakstan State Museum of Art in Uzbekistan. Located in the middle of an immense desert in the northwest end of Uzbekistan, the museum holds one of the largest collections of this art, after the Russian State Museum in St. Petersburg in Russia. 

The art pieces compiled on the coffee table book were made by artists who traveled or moved to Uzbekistan from 1910-1930 to escape the Stalinist regime. Thanks to Art Collector Igor Vitalyevich Savitsky who dedicated his life to saving the world’s most important works of Russian avant-garde. The art pieces highlight the culture, the vibrant colors and unique light, the landscapes and architecture of this region. 

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