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Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps Mapping Out the Modern World by Martin Vargic

Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps Mapping Out the Modern World

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October 2015 Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

Maps – but not as we know them... Some of Martin Vargic's intricate constructions such as his World map of stereotypes have gone viral, others have been specially compiled for this book. There are 2 elaborate gatefolds and the subjects include everything from the preponderance of heavy metal in the world to leading causes of death. Martin Vargic's maps underpin the idea of our globalised world, the spread of popular culture and some of the fall-outs we suffer in our media driven lives. Beautifully made, the maps have some of the flavour of the medieval “Here be Dragons” creations, reflecting our world and culture in a novel and entertaining way that also gives us pause for thought. ~ Sue Baker

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Vargic's Miscellany of Curious Maps Mapping Out the Modern World by Martin Vargic

Explore The World As You Never Knew It With Vargic's Astonishing Miscellany Of Curious Maps. Vargic's Miscellany is a collection of 64 maps and infographics. See the world mapped out by stereotypes; discover the Internet in cartographical form; marvel at the maps of global technology and culture; and explore the world through infographics and statistics. This wonderful and strange atlas is a treasure trove of interesting, unexpected and bizarre facts - a glorious celebration of our big beautiful diverse world. It includes: The Map of Stereotypes Maps of Internet, YouTube and Gaming Maps of Literature, Music and Sport The Map of Separatist Europe 51 infographic maps - from lighting strikes to sexual partners, heavy metal bands to tractors And many more...


Beautiful * Independent * It's a cliche to say an artist can change the way you look at the world - but Martin Vargic truly has * * This is a must read * * Bitingly satirical * * A phenomenal collection * * Amazing * Daily Mail * Gorgeous * * Martin Vargic's maps of the world look like they belong on parchment, hung on walls of estates that no one can really afford . . . but there's more to the world than piles of dirt and great swathes of sea water . . . his cartography creates an indirect commentary on how cultural proximities are every bit as relevant in the digital age as geographical ones * * Weird and wonderful * *

About the Author

Martin Vargic

Martin Vargic (Author, Illustrator) Martin Vargic is a 17-year-old senior student and amateur graphic designer from Slovakia who rose to international fame in late January 2014, when his work Map of the Internet 1.0 went viral, generating hundreds of thousands of hits and Facebook shares. It was subsequently featured on Mashable, Yahoo, The Daily Mail online, The Independent, Slate, Fox News, The Huffington Post, Business Insider, Gizmodo and dozens of other sites worldwide. He also works under the name Jay Simmons. In subsequent months, Vargic published several other maps in his portfolio on his website,, each of which were picked up all over the Internet. In his latest work, the Map of Stereotypes, which took him over 4 months to finish, Vargic pulled together more than 1800 cliches and pop culture references into a map based on the stereotypical westerner's view of the world. It too received immediate media attention, and was prominently featured on a multitude of sites such as Slate, The Huffington Post, RT and many others.

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24th September 2015


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Michael Joseph Ltd an imprint of Penguin Books Ltd


128 pages


The Real World
Biography / Autobiography
Books of the Month

Cartography, map-making & projections



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