Windows on the World: 50 Writers, 50 Views
Penguin Press (November 12, 2014)

Fifty of the world's greatest writers share their views in collaboration with the artist Matteo Pericoli, expanding our own views on place, creativity, and the meaning of home.
All of us, at some point in our daily lives, have found ourselves looking out the window. We pause in our work, tune out of a conversation, and turn toward the outside. Our eyes simply gaze, without seeing, at a landscape whose familiarity becomes the customary ground for distraction: the usual rooftops, the familiar trees, a distant crane. The way of life for most of us in the twenty-first century means that we spend most of our time indoors, in an urban environment, and our awareness of the outside world comes via, and thanks to, a framed glass hole in the wall.
Windows on the World is a profound and eye-opening look inside the worlds of writers, reminding us that the things we see every day are woven into our selves and our imaginations, making us keener and more inquisitive observers of our own. Read more

“Of course, all windows look in as much as they look out. Matteo Pericoli not only allows us this double privilege but gives us a chance to carry those visions with us. He creates, essentially, a literary landscape without walls.” — Colum McCann

An "original, beautiful book ... the work is precise, careful, and somehow nearly surreal ... the illustrations work very much like the best fiction." — The Boston Globe

“Matteo Pericoli Gorgeously Illustrates Writers' Views And Workspaces”The Huffington Post

“[Matteo Pericoli's] background comes through in his work, rich and exacting ... At their best, the drawings and texts in Windows on the World make writers real and human ... while still leaving room for mystery and fantasy.”The Los Angeles Review of Books

“Beautifully illustrated, [an] exquisite book ” — San Francisco Gate

“[A] beautiful, meditative book” — The Seattle Times

“The publication is a tranquil beauty... Matteo Pericoli illustrates [each] view in simple, beautiful fine lines, which accompany each piece of text perfectly.”It's Nice That

“A diverse, fascinating collection of writers' views on the landscapes seen from their windows...” — Shelf Awareness

“[Windows on the World] is a great read for those interested in the lives of writers, lovers of memoir, and anyone with a touch of wanderlust. A fun conversation starter and introduction to writers from around the world.” — Library Journal

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London Unfurled
Picador UK (October 2011)

Released as a 26-foot-long, accordion-format book (including essays by Iain Sinclair and Will Self) as well as an iPad APP, so that users can navigate the north and south drawings, tap on buildings to explore and discover the city, hear commentary (mine, unfortunately) about the work, see the 6000+ original photos, and much more.

Over two intense weeks spent in London in September 2009 walking a total of more than 100 km, taking over 6,300 photographs, and destroying a pair of shoes. The two drawings cover approximately 30 km along the Thames showing the city as it is seen from its north and south banks.

To view a home-made preview of the whole north side drawing, click here, or here for the south side. Or here for the "making of" the Houses of Parliament, here for the City, here for the Tower Bridge, or here for Canary Wharf.

“Many writers have attempted to navigate London..., but few have done so with as much pictorial panache as ... Matteo Pericoli. ... The drawings ... are a delicate delight. ... a rare achievement.” — Time Out London

“Remarkable.” — The Big Issue London

From Picador's Press Release:

From the author of the bestselling, wonderfully unique and iconic book Manhattan Unfurled, comes an equally brilliant and utterly unprecedented portrait of London.
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Matteo Pericoli's inimitable drawings, constantly complementing and questioning each other, brought him to a better understanding of London - and whether you've lived there all your life, or have never been at all, this breathtaking work of art is certain to deepen your thoughts and renew your fascination with one of the world's most brilliant cities.

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The City Out My Window: 63 Views on New York
Simon & Schuster (November 2009)

The book captures New York as seen through the eyes of New Yorkers both famous and ordinary, whose particular window views reveal a hidden perspective of the city—and of themselves. As Paul Goldberger, Pulitzer Prize-winning architecture critic for The New Yorker, writes in his introduction, “[Pericoli] reveals…the personal connection each of us has to the cityscape, and the way in which things that are simply there, things that we did not create but that we look at all the time, can have a profound effect on our being.” In 63 drawings, Pericoli captures “window views” of New York City, each image providing a unique perspective on the cityscape. Views of notables include those of Mario Batali, E.L. Doctorow, John Berendt, Richard Meier, David Byrne, Nora Ephron, Stephen Colbert, Tom Wolfe, and Mikhail Baryshnikov, among others. Accompanying each window view is a comment provided by its “owner.”

We all have quintessential images of New York City ingrained in our minds—postcard shots of the Chrysler Building, the Statue of Liberty, and the Manhattan skyline. These are timeless images, yet they fail to capture what the city looks like through the eyes of its inhabitants. “The City Out My Window” reveals what New Yorkers see when they look out their windows. Here is the city of their day-to-day, their work lives, and their daydreams.

“Matteo Pericoli ... is telling us that your window is the frame through which you see your own picture of the world, a picture that is yours and no one else’s.” — from the introductory essay by Paul Goldberger

“... a simple idea that yields surprising results - about the nature of urban living, about the creative imaginations of those who choose to live and work in a city and, perhaps most intriguingly, about Pericoli's own unique and slightly obsessive way of seeing.”The Observer

“(An) amazing book.” — New York Daily News

“The Manhattan skyline has been depicted in countless ways, but never like this.” — The Wall Street Journal online

“Matteo Pericoli has created an inside-out view of the vertical city.” — The New York Times online

“This book delivers that authentic ... insider's view of New York City that so many guidebooks promise but few outsiders ever get to enjoy.” — BarnesandNobleReview.com

“Each (drawing) is beautifully rendered and, as Paul Goldberger notes in his introduction, deeply personal and revelatory.” — The New Yorker online

“Each page is a snap shot of someone's entire life... Each page is a glimpse into the mind of another.” — PopMatters.com

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Manhattan Unfurled
Random House (October 2001)

 

Pericoli began working on the original, pen and ink drawings in 1998. More than two years, fifteen hundred buildings, and nineteen bridges later, the two 37-foot-long scrolls of the East and West Sides of the Manhattan skyline were completed. In this book version, an elegant slipcase contains a 24-panel, 22-foot-long accordion fold-out, with the entire East and West Side drawings, one on each side. An essay about the drawings by Paul Goldberger, The New Yorker magazine's architecture critic, accompanies the book in a separate pamphlet.

“Pericoli's drawing is at once monumental and gentle." — The New Yorker
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“Pericoli has fixed a moment of the ever-shifting skyline, and done so with delicacy and authority." — The New York Times
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“The most appealing thing about this book... is the newcomer’s sense of rage at the scale and speed of the city, and the corresponding desire to try to make it his own." — Vogue
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"Pericoli's lines have the delicacy of Mozart, but his masses have the suave rhythms of Ellington." — from the introductory essay by Paul Goldberger

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London for Children
Macmillan Children's Books (July 2012)

A fascinating, fact-filled journey through London and discover the stories and secrets of one of the largest cities in the world in this vibrant adaptation of Matteo Pericoli's breathtaking book, LONDON UNFURLED.
Now the two 37-foot-long pen-and-ink drawings can be enjoyed in vibrant colour, with eye-opening (and eye-watering) facts; from the battles of Roman London and the Princes in the Tower, to the Gunpowder Plot and the great Victorian stink!

“Scrupulously detailed ... At this limelight moment for London, it is an ideal souvenir - a record of every bridge and riverside building in the city and a cornucopia of the kinds of did-you-know facts that are irresistible to read aloud.” — The Sunday Times

“A vibrant adaptation for children of Matteo Pericoli's breathtaking book London Unfurled, bound in two sections — north bank and south bank” — Kids Reads

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Tommaso and the Missing Line
Knopf for Young Readers (December 2008)

 

What is a line?
It’s the strangest thing: a line has gone missing from Tommaso’s favorite drawing, the one he drew all by himself, the one he keeps in his pocket. Lines don’t just disappear, but Tommaso’s has—it’s simply gone. And so he sets out to look for it.
Is it there, in the curl of the cat’s tail? Or there, in the antenna of the car? Tommaso’s search continues until he remembers the one special place—and person—he must visit in order to find his line, the very one he drew.

“Pericoli demonstrates remarkable draftsmanship and a vivid eye for detail and perspective ... The design is striking ... the effect is eye-popping.” — Publishers Weekly
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“This book is beautifully, brilliantly designed ... each opening of the book is elegant, balanced and draws readers in. A gem.” — Kirkus Reviews (Starred Review)
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“... one of the best examples I've seen of a picture book in which all the elements work on different levels ... Even adults should admire the clean layout and design.” — Austin American-Statesman
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“What does not need explaining is the thoughtfulness and lovely detailing that Pericoli brings to every page of this very special book.” — InfoDad.com
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World Unfurled
Chronicle Books (October 2008)

 

Inspired by Skyline of the World, the 397-foot long mural installed in 2007 at the new American Airlines Terminal at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, the book will feature an accordion-style fold-out of the entire drawing and a 70-city journey throughout the world. With an essay by Colum McCann titled "An Imagined Elsewhere: The City of Cities."

“Matteo Pericoli's "World Unfurled" manages to pack the entire globe into a 10-foot-long foldout panorama ...” — Newsday

"Pericoli has created a trance city, in hues of gray, blue, orange, and white, built on our own memories of previous travel and expectations for the journeys we are about to embark on. ...
He invites us into a landscape in which the viewer can thrust his or her own past, and at the same time he allows us to step beyond the boundaries of our lives. ...
Pericoli is, I feel, the sort of artist who could be entrusted with the last grain of sand, perhaps one of the few who’d be able to capture its complexity. ...
... Pericoli is a perfect guide. He leaves people out of his drawings precisely because he knows that they will eventually walk themselves in. " — from the introductory essay by Colum McCann

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Manhattan Within
Random House (October 2003)

A 360 degree view of Manhattan as seen from its geographical center and escape: Central Park. The original drawing, in colored pencil, oil pastel, and graphite, measures 32 feet. The book features a slipcase containing the full-color drawing (reduced to 22 feet) in an accordion fold-out format and a separate pamphlet with a journal by Matteo Pericoli about the method, philosophy, and evolution of the work.

“The buildings... are drawn with architectural rigor and Steinbergian whimsy." — The New Yorker
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“An astonishing 360-degree view of the Manhattan skyline as viewed from inside Central Park." — Booklist
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“L’astrazione permea l’intero dispiegarsi di questo skyline interiore." — Il Foglio
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See the City: the journey of Manhattan Unfurled
Knopf for Young Readers (August 2004)

In this version of Manhattan Unfurled for young people, the two 37-foot long scrolls are bound into two sections (East Side and West Side) in an unusual and eye-catching new format. Pericoli adds simple text, and hand-drawn labels, telling young readers how he came to create his drawing (the journey includes boat rides, a motorcycle, and hundreds of photographs). He also encourages kids to see — and draw — a place in a whole new way. “Draw everything,” he tells them, “and you’ll know a place as you never did before.”

“[Pericoli] celebrates creativity while paying homage to the Manhattan he loves.” — USA Today
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“Full of charm and energy and life…a marvelous work for children. … Just wonderful.” — Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review
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“Like David McCauley, Pericoli dazzles with his style and conveys warm appreciation of that which seems ordinary.” — Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
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The True Story of Stellina
Knopf for Young Readers (March 2006)

This is the true story of Stellina.
Stellina, a baby finch, who found herself stranded on a busy city sidewalk after falling from her nest. Stellina, who waited and waited for her mother to return, while cars roared past. Stellina, who found a new home - and a family - in a surprising way.
Stellina was a bird: "Cheep." This is her true story.

“Winsomely written and illustrated.” — The New York Times
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“Small readers will be won over, and bigger ones will be enchanted.” — Booklist, Starred Review
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“Readers will appreciate its respectful simplicity, helpful patterning, and warm affection.” — The Bulletin, Starred Review
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New York e altri disegni
Quodlibet (April 2005)

Inspired by the exhibition "New York e altri disegni" (Fiesole, Florence, 2005), the book is a collection of 45 drawings and three essays by Achille Varzi, Gilberto Rossini, and Matteo Pericoli.
(click here to read the essay by Matteo Pericoli)

"Pericoli’s drawings do not tell us what he sees, but what he thinks." — from the introductory essay by Achille Varzi

To read a review of the exhibit in Il Corriere della Sera click here, in La Stampa click here.

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