The Encyclopaedia of Monsters

Until now, we humans have believed that monsters belong in the realm of fantasy, creations of the human mind...

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Written by Stanislav Marijanović
Illustrated by Stanislav Marijanović
Year 2008
Number of pages 200
Dimensions 31 x 24 cm
Age thirteen years and over

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The Encyclopaedia of Monsters is an illustrated book for teenagers. This book is radically different than every other book in the world, because it is written not by a human being, but by a real monster. Precisely: by a real monster!

Until now, we humans have believed that monsters belong in the realm of fantasy, creations of the human mind. But monsters do exist, yet until the presentation of this book, they have systematically avoided being seen by humans. Why have they been in hiding till now? – You shall discover the reasons in this book. Why are they no longer in hiding? They are no longer in hiding, because humans, with their irresponsible behavior towards nature and their own selves, have begun to threaten the realm of monsters as well as their own.

The announcement of this world of our rational co-inhabitants on the earth can possibly cause great shock. But we fear the monsters, only because we know nothing about them. We must meet them. For this reason the monster Nosehehow, with the permission of the Great Council of Monsters, has written this Encyclopaedia for us humans.

Nosehehow first introduces us to the realm of monsters and proclaims greeting to human beings, whilst simultaneously describing the origins of the monsters, their many types, their appearance, their anatomy, their nutrition, their reproduction methods and their habits. He also explains the Great Law of the Monsters which is the foundation of their society, their relationship with nature and with humanity, as well as their various life-styles.

Parallel with this scientific description of monsters, Nosehehow points out the great number of negative phenomena of human society, sometimes with humor, sometimes suggestively and sometimes through exaggeration. He speaks about war, pollution of the environment, hyper-consumerism, racism and intolerance, about certain forms of personal and social hypocrisy, about our indifference towards the world and ourselves. He speaks about the relations between the sexes and the family and argues for human solidarity, responsibility and much more.