The whale in literature: the animal that swallowed Jonah in the Holy Bible and Melville’s whale symbolising the invincibility of nature over human fragility. But leaving aside predetermined roles, literary stereotypes and symbolic meanings, what do we really know about whales? What do they eat? In which seas do they live? And how many different kinds of whales are there?
A book for finding out everything about this mythical animal that has always been the subject of legends and is, in fact, one of the most prominent figures in the history of world literature. Following his first publication entitled Is this a moose?, Andrea Antinori has now written a book about whales, complete with monochromatic pictures and striking pencil illustrations to talk about whales from an “alternative” and more scientific viewpoint. To get both the young and old more interested in this giant of the sea, debunk certain myths associated with it, and study its lifestyle and behaviour, like genuine naturalists getting right down to the bare facts.
Andrea Antinori, born in Recanati in 1992, spent his childhood and youth in Bologna. He studied Graphic Design at the ISIA in Urbino followed by a two-year course in Illustration, including six months overseas study at the Escola Massana in Barcelona. After publishing three illustrations in the Milanese magazine “Nurant”, he began illustrating for various different Italian publishing houses. He has been working with Les Artychauts Gallery in Paris since 2014, organising, amongst other projects, “Poissons en folie”, a children’s workshop focusing on composing images out of rubber-stamps that he went on to teach in Fano in 2015. He also works with the graphic firm Chia Lab in Bologna and small bookshop in Apulia called Libreria Francavillese.