The Bomb and The General V2.2009

5 May
Aditi Raychoudhury. Strawberries. 2009. 6" x 4". Adobe Illustrator CS.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Strawberries. 2009. 6" x 4". Adobe Illustrator CS.

The original ‘The Bomb and the General’ is a delightfully optimistic, anti-war children’s book – written by Umberto Eco (The Name of The Rose), and brilliantly illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. It was published in 1989 –

In Italian: By Gruppo Editoriale Fabbri, Bompiani, Sonzogno, Etas S.p.A.;
and
In English: By Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, Inc.

Inspired by the original story, this version retains some of the original text (italicized), and maintains a similar naïveté to create an anti-war message for children. For adults, its a more complex tale about hegemony and insular faith.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty. Adobe Illustrator CS. 2009.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Green). 2009. 22" x 11". Adobe Illustrator CS.

The General of our story enjoys a life of ease and gluttony, till he is compelled to seek God, during a moment of personal crisis. This pivotal encounter awakens in him an unshakable passion for God’s word. But his myopic obsession with the minutiae of God’s message clouds its original intent, and provokes an ominous future. Will his country slumber on through the impending doom or will they arise to reclaim their right in a peaceful world?

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Pink). 2008. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Pink). 2009. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Colored Pencils on Tracing Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Gouache on Paper.

Aditi Raychoudhury. Land of Plenty (In Orange). 2009. 17" x 14". Gouache on Paper.

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8 Responses to “The Bomb and The General V2.2009”

  1. bustopher October 3, 2008 at 8:54 am #

    I’m e-mailing you comments since they’re LONG.

  2. Amber Roy Chowdhury May 4, 2009 at 5:26 pm #

    Nice banner and illustrations. You should exhibit your work. Got a couple of copies of “The Last Firecracker”.

    DDB

  3. erik jagger May 5, 2009 at 11:18 am #

    ooo, looking good! i particularly like the forest with the green background

  4. Swati Acharya May 5, 2009 at 2:17 pm #

    The land of plenty is simply exquisite.

  5. b d raychoudhury May 7, 2009 at 9:30 pm #

    superb, excellent, I lack the adjectives. when will it be published? baba.

  6. b d raychoudhury May 7, 2009 at 9:33 pm #

    superb, excellent, I lack the adjectives to describe them properly. when will it be published? baba.

    • aditi raychoudhury May 8, 2009 at 6:10 am #

      Thank you – I hope it will be published some day- right now I am just working on it – till it is ready to send out

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