Atlas of Prejudice: Mapping Stereotypes, Vol. 1

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9781491297100: Atlas of Prejudice: Mapping Stereotypes, Vol. 1

The Atlas of Prejudice is a continuation of the highly successful Mapping Stereotypes project by visual artist Yanko Tsvetkov. Started in January 2009, the project soon became a viral online sensation. It was gradually expanded to contain more than 40 stereotype maps, which the author describes as cartographic caricatures ridiculing the worst excesses of human bigotry and narrow-mindedness.

The essays that accompany them narrate the story of the project and contemplate humanity’s affair with prejudice since the dawn of civilization. They offer an even deeper but equally hilarious perspective on our inherent tendency to randomly blame people simply because someone convinced us that they ate our breakfast.

According to this book, the first domesticated animal was not the dog, but the scapegoat. The razor-sharp irony of the author will guide you through the delusions of the ancient civilizations of Greece and China, reveal the stupefying amalgam of superstition and paranoia of the Middle Ages and it will leave you begging for more with a grotesquely hilarious prediction about the future of Europe.

Satire and cartography rarely come in a single package but in the Atlas of Prejudice they successfully blend to produce a book that is shockingly funny and disturbingly thought-provoking all at the same time.

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The Mapping Stereotypes project developed from a satirical map of Europe made by Yanko Tsvetkov in 2009. After it became viral on the Internet, the author started expanding the initially spontaneous idea, focusing on national and historical prejudices and stereotypes.

The project has been featured widely in the media all over the world: BBC Radio, The Telegraph and The Guardian newspapers in the UK; the Rai Uno TV, Corriere della Sera newspaper and Focus magazine in Italy; the Izvestiya newspaper in Russia; The Times of India; the Süddeutsche Zeitung in Germany; the Aftenposten newspaper in Norway; Newsweek Polska magazine in Poland; The Daily Beast and Wired in the USA; the regional editions of GQ magazine in Brazil and South Africa; the Semana magazine in Colombia; the Sábado magazine in Portugal; and many others.

The German Stern recognized it as "Satire of the Year" in its 2011 kaleidoscope edition. After the publication of the German edition of the Atlas of Prejudice in February 2013, the newspaper Die Zeit described the project as "ironic and at the same time an effective contribution to cultural understanding." Der Spiegel magazine added, "Not since the creation of the Asterix comics have national prejudices entered our culture in such an entertaining way."

Today the project contains more than 40 maps and the second volume of the atlas is scheduled to premiere in Germany in spring 2014.

About the Author:

Yanko Tsvetkov is a Bulgarian artist who lives in Spain, writes in English, and publishes books in Germany. He leads a second life as a superhero who fights prejudice with his giant laser.

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