3 books to travel this Christmas

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March. Louis Vuitton travel diary. By François Schuiten and Sylvain Tesson. 2021.

To celebrate the 200th anniversary of Louis Vuitton, the founder of the House, Louis Vuitton has unveiled a new nugget in its Travel Book series: Mars. The famous French travel writer Sylvain Tesson and the Belgian comic book illustrator François Schuiten take us on a magnificent journey to the planet Mars. This union between the insatiable traveler Sylvain Tesson and the artist François Schuiten is a pure moment of extraordinary escape, thanks to the editorial director of Louis Vuitton Travel Book Julien Guerrier who brought the project to life.

In the not-so-distant future where exponential population growth and rising temperatures have turned once-habitable regions of Earth into barren deserts, a man and woman – the Adam and Eve of a new era – are being 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, cold and endurance, someone with a passion for the electrifying beauty of natural landscapes, could visit these uninhabited spaces”, François Schuiten explained his meeting with Sylvain Tesson. The artist’s drawings delved into the words of the traveling writer to leave readers feeling emotional and wondering what would be next.

New York, yesterday and today. By Marcia Reiss and Evan Joseph. Press Pavilion. 2019.

This iconic New York book combines classic archival photos with their modern take. New York Then and Now shows the dramatic changes that have transformed the city since 1664, when New Amsterdam became New York. The updated 2019 version includes more vintage colors and new Now photographs. Taken by Evan Joseph, a prominent architectural photographer and written by Marcia Reiss, the dean of popular histories of New York, the book offers a very interesting panorama of the ever-changing nature of New York.

The City That Never Sleeps, America’s densest urban environment, also boasts the world’s most recognizable skyline and the astonishing architecture that defines it so deeply. The constant change of New York has been its strength. A journey inside the most emblematic monument that has never disappeared but has never stopped evolving. A lively tour of the city and its history.

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

Uzbekistan, one of the largest countries in Central Asia, shares its borders with Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Afghanistan and Turkmenistan. This magnificent book unveils a compilation of avant-garde orientalist art presented at the Karakalpakstan State Art Museum in Uzbekistan. Located in the middle of a huge desert at the northwestern tip of Uzbekistan, the museum holds one of the largest collections of this art, after the State Russian Museum in St. Petersburg in Russia.

The artwork compiled on the Coffee Table Book was made by artists who traveled or settled in Uzbekistan from 1910 to 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 from the Russian avant-garde. The works of art showcase the culture, vibrant colors and unique light, landscapes and architecture of this region.

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