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5. Hopscotch by Julio Cortázar
Have you ever opened a book that contained specific instructions on how to read it? If you ever pick up Julio Cortázar’s 1963 novel Hopscotch, you’ll find that the author provides two diverging options on how to process the book and its secrets. Of the novel’s seemingly unrelated 155 chapters, the latter 99 are initially dismissed as being unimportant to the overall story. This is stated at the very beginning. So one option available to the reader is to read chapters 1-56 as a standalone work. The second option is to read each chapter through to the end in a unique pattern determined by Cortázar himself. An unwritten third option allows for the reader to choose their own approach when consuming the flow of information that the book has to offer. As a flash point of the counterculture movement, Hopscotch is a deeply involved artistic reaction to the perpetual conflict between organized society and chaotic disorder that defined the 20th Century.
4. The Codex Seraphinianus by Luigi Serafini
Most adults have had the experience of being unable to understand something they’re reading, but very few can say it about a picture book. The Codex Seraphinianus is no ordinary picture book; it is a sprawling, two-volume, over 300-page-long encyclopedia of Bosch-like illustrations ranging from the humorously satirical to the heavily surreal. You’d think this would be enough to set it apart from other works, but in addition to its unique imagery, whatever story or statement the book has within its text is either coded, encrypted or intentionally misleading. And did we mention the text is made to appear handwritten? The Codex was composed by Italian architect-turned-visual artist Luigi Serafini over a six-year period in the 1970s. Originally published in 1981, it continues to fascinate and perplex readers with its mixture of existing and made-up languages, its singular stylized text, and its sometimes shocking, subversive illustrations. As can be seen in this image, Serafini mixes the anatomy of a horse with that of a caterpillar on wheels, intentionally muddling the distinction between that which is possible in nature with the fantastical or ridiculous. The accompanying text at the bottom of the page imitates the formality of an old-fashioned medical textbook, highlighting the author’s preoccupation with frivolous subjects being communicated through formal means.