When I think about Chip Kidd's quote (A really good book cover has to work regardless of what it’s about, on a visceral and emotional level.) I think about this book cover, how the deliberate use of hand written type relates to the unnerving photography. The unexpected composition of the text on the lower right, the fact that Kafka is almost cropped off the edge of the page, creates this distinct tension that really jumped out at me.
This cover reminds me of Swiss modern type design so I really like it. The tension between the illusion of three dimensional space vs. two dimensional shapes makes it interesting. I love the negative space, the simplicity of the type, the way the rule divides part of the information on the left side.
I love this cover for its hand-done type, it definitely creates an emotional response, the swirling composition is whimsical and primitively cerebral.