|2003 edition by W.W. Norton & Co.|
I had a quick look at the other editions listed on GoodReads and many of them are curiously bland. A few of them have soldiers on the cover. One had a picture of the author, which might be the worst choice. Isaac Babel, in most of his pictures, looks like a professor—the last man one would picture as a soldier. (See?) To my way of thinking, covers are not just advertisement; they prepare a reader for the experience they will have with the book. A good cover will put a reader in the right frame of mind.
|2015 edition by Pushkin Press|
I'm glad (sometimes) that the advanced reader copies I get arrive on my kindle looking like raw manuscripts. I won't form hard notions of what I'm about to read. When I'm recommending books, though, I want the cover in my reviews to send signals to potential readers. Covers are meant to be judged, contrary to popular belief.