Alanmooreland

Eis a capa para uma próxima reedição do romance A Voz do Fogo de Alan Moore. Vi há uns tempos um excelente documentário sobre os bog bodies, múmias, em excelente estado de preservação, de corpos enterrados em pântanos de turfa durante toda a Idade do Ferro, sobretudo no que é hoje a Europa do Norte e Noroeste. Esse documentário, e a impressão que tive do livro de Moore como um trabalho de “arqueologia mental” de uma determinada zona (à volta de Northampton, no Reino Unido) durante 6.000 anos, levaram-me a procurar uma imagem da Rapariga de Windby, uma das mais conhecidas e intrigantes dessas múmias, para representar essas pessoas mais ou menos anónimas, cujas vidas (e mortes) dramáticas ao longo dos milénios o autor revestiu de fábula.

A cover for a forthcoming edition of Alan Moore’s The Voice of Fire. Some time ago, I was very impressed by a documentary on bog bodies, the rather well preserved mummies of people buried on bog swamps in the North and Northwest of Europe during the Iron Age. This documentary, and the idea that Moore had gone through a sort of “mental archaeology” of his own on his account of the dramatic lives and deaths of some of Northampton’s inhabitants in the past 6.000 years, led me to the get an image of the Windby Girl, one of the most “famous” and intriguing of such mummies, and make her stand for those more or less anonymous people whose more or less real lives the author covered under a fable-like fabric.

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  1. I absolutely love ‘Voice of the Fire’, and I found the Iron Age chapter to be amazing: I’ve never seen such a wonderful attempt to capture what the world might feel like, and how language might be used to describe those feelings, in such ancient times.

  2. Yes, it was precisely that chapter that I was thinking about when I saw the documentary on bog bodies, and the rest just followed. Actually, the documentary showed that this Windby Girl (buried in what is Germany today) might be a boy, an orphan or someone from a distant tribe who had no right to be buried with the others, so they took him/her to the bog field and ended his/her life, presumably in a ritual of preservation to appease their gods. So this image adds quite a layer of drama to the cover (at least, it does for me…). Let’s hope it works on the bookshelves. And that I’ve not crossed some still active pagan god of the Northern lands…

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