RIP: Umberto Eco

The Bomb and the General by Umberto Eco. Illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. 1989.

One of my favorite anti-war, picture books. 

The Bomb and the General. by Umberto Eco. Illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. 1989.
The Bomb and the General. by Umberto Eco. Illustrated by Eugenio Carmi. 1989.

 

Excerpt:
“We’ve spent a pile of money
To make these bombs.
Are we going to leave them here to collect mold?
What’s a general like you for, anyway?

“It’s true,”
the general replied.
“We really must start this war.
Otherwise my career will never get anywhere.”

 

The Bomb and the General

Eugenio Carmi. The Bomb and the General. (Text by Umberto Eco).1989. Mulitmedia.
Eugenio Carmi. The Bomb and the General. (Text by Umberto Eco).1989. Mulitmedia.

A delightful anti-war children’s book by Umberto Eco, and brilliant artist/illustrator, Eugenio Carmi. Eugenio Carmi was born in Genoa in 1920 and trained in Turin.

Excerpt:
“We’ve spent a pile of money
To make these bombs.
Are we going to leave them here to collect mold?
What’s a general like you for, anyway?

“It’s true,”
the general replied.
“We really must start this war.
Otherwise my career will never get anywhere.”