Eric

Illustrated by Josh Kirby

The ninth novel in the Discworld Series

An asterisk * indicates that the edition lacks Josh’s illustrations 

UK Large format hbk and pbk: Victor Gollancz, 4,200 copies of the hbk and 50,500 of the pbk on 16 August 1990 (Hbk 0-575-04636-8, pbk 0-575-04836-0) repr. September 1990

New, small format: The Illustrated Eric, Gollancz, 18 November 2010 (978-0-575-09628-8)

Pbk: Victor Gollancz, 11 October 2012 (978-0-575-09629-5)
*A format: VGSF (Gollancz), 75,000 copies on 8 August 1991 (0-575-05191-4) reprinted August 1991, 19 September 1991, 6 December 1991, 20 July 1992, 12 October 1992, 27 April 1993, etc.
reissued, Vista (Gollancz), 25,000 copies on 23 May 1996 (0-575-60001-2)
reissued, Millennium (Orion/Gollancz), ?March 2000 (1-85798-954-6)
*Hbk: issued as one of the ‘Gollancz 50 Top Ten’ titles, with the classic Gollancz mauve and black on a yellow solid cover design, and with an introduction by Adam Roberts, 1 September 2011 (978-0-575-11669-6)
*Discworld Collector’s Library: The Unseen University Collection (hbk, cover engraving by Joe McLaren): Gollancz, April 2014 (978-1-473-20017-3)

Bookclub: BCA took copies with the Gollancz imprint
*BCA’s Unseen Library: 4,000 copies in November 2003 (CN 119060)


USA
*pbk: 1) Roc (NAL) (cover illus. by Darrell K.Sweet, without Kirby illustrations), 50,000 copies in September 1995 (0-451-45357-3)

Some copies exist without the red foil on the front cover, only the raised blocking.

2) Harper Torch (cover illus. by ???? ) 40,000 copies in February 2002 (0-380-82121-4)
* Premium pbk: Harper Premium, 30 July 2013 (978-0-06-223733-0)
*Library hbk of pbk: Turtleback (0-613-57205-X)

*Brazilian: Fausto Eric, trs.Ludimila Hashimoto, Conrad, 2005 (85-7616-125-7)

Bulgarian: Жаусм Ерик, trs. Tatiana Kostadinova-Minkovska, Vuzev, 25,000 copies in May 1992 (954-422-002-X)

*Czech: Faust Erik, trs. Jan Kantůrek, Talpress, 9,000 copies in February 1996 (80-7197-003-4)
Double volume with Moving Pictures/Pohyblivé Obrázky: with pencil illustrations by Paul Kidby, Talpress, 2010 (978-80-7197-404-8)
Czech: Faust Erik, trs. Jan Kantůrek, Talpress, 2007 (978-80-7197-325-6)

*Dutch: Faust Erik, trs. Venugopalan Ittekot (pseud. of Ruurd Groot), Het Spectrum, 6,000 copies in 1994 (90-274-3412-3)
Reissue: Mynx, 2008 (978-90-225-5121-9)
     *Schijfwereldomnibus nr.3 (omnibus edition with Pyramids and Guards! Guards!), Het   Spectrum, ?5,000 copies August 1999 (90-274-6757-9)

*Estonian: Eric, trs. Kaaren Kaer, jacket illus. Hillar Mets, Varrak, December 2002 (9985-3-0572-8)

*Finnish: Faust Eric, trs. Mika Kivimäki, Karisto,  April 2003 (951-23-4380-0)
pbk: Karisto, January 2006 (951-23-4727-X)
Reissue hbk: Karisto, 2011 (978-9985-3-2366-3)

French: Faust Eric, trs. Patrick Couton, L’Atalante, June 1997 (2-84172-053-5)
Reissue, with new introduction by Terry Pratchett (dated September 2014), 22 October 2015 (978-2-841721-7)

*Unillustrated pbk: Pocket, March 2001 (2-266-11132-9)
*Pbk with Marc Simonetti cover: Pocket, November 2011 (978-2-266-21189-5)

German: Faust Eric, trs. Andreas Brandhorst, Heyne (06/4953), November 1992 (3-453-06234-5)
Illustrated: Piper, April 2006 (3-492-70132-9)
  *Unillustrated: Piper Boulevard, August 2008 (978-3-492-29177-4)
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Reissued with new cover design by Katarzyna Oleska, Piper, June 2015 (978-3-492-28615-2)
*All nine Piper Discworld titles issued in a box.with spines combining to create a single image by Katarzyna Oleska, illustrator of all the covers, Piper, 8 June 2015 (978-3-492-28080-8)

Rincewind der Zauberer, an omnibus containing the first four Rincewind titles, Die Farben der  Magie, Das Licht der Phantasie, Der Zauberhut and *Eric, Heyne, cover illus. Tom Kidd, July 2001 (3-453-18942-6).
*Republished by Piper, January 2005 (3-492-28500-7) revised cover with 4th printing November 2009

*Hungarian: Eric, trs. Anikó Sohár, Cherubion Könyvkiadó, c.4,000 copies in 2001 (963-9346-11-X)

*Italian: Faust Eric, trs. Antonella Pieretti (cover ill. Kidby), Salani, April 2006 (88-8451-678-1)
TEA edition: March 2009 (978-88-502-1840-0)

*Norwegian: Faust Eric, trs. Torleif Sjøgren-Erichsen, Tiden Norsk, 2,000 copies in September 2002 (82-10-04626-8)

*Polish: Faust Eryk, trs. Piotr W.Cholewa, Prószyńskí i S-ka, 1997 (83-7180-182-3)
Because the book was being published to coincide with a signing tour by Terry, it was produced to a very tight schedule and the translator’s name was omitted from the book, to the publisher’s embarrassment.
NOTE: Before going bankrupt the Polish company CIA had, apart from publishing an  edition of Good Omens [Dobry Omen, trs. Jacek Gałązka and Juliusz Garztecki, CIA Books-Svaro, 1992 (83-85100-63-6)], also acquired the licence to publish Eric and for that reason Dobry Omen contains an 8pp. extract as an advertisement at the end.
*Reissued: PrószyÕski i S-ka, ?June 2001 (83-7255-907-4)
Reissued: Prószyński i S-ka, ?November 2004 (83-7337-334-9)

*Romanian: Rao, 31 March 2009 [not not yet seen]

*Russian: Зрик, trs. Iryny Kravtsova, Eksmo, 2003 (5-669-01687-X)

*Serbian/Yugoslav: Faust Erik, trs. Dejan Papić, Laguna, March 2001 (86-7436-009-2)

*Slovak: Faust Erik, trs. Vladislav Gális, Talpress, 2010 (978-80 7197-389-8)

*Spanish: Fausto Eric, trs. Javier Calvo, Plaza y Janés, January 2005 (84-01-33544-2)
Massmarket: Debols!llo, May 2006 (84-8346-008-4)
Second printing: October 2006, with new cover: November 2009
First printing with a new cover, May 2012 (978-84-8346-008-5)
*Kiosk edition: Altaya, 2008 (978-84-487-2578-5)

*Swedish: Eric, trs. Mats Blomqvist, Wahlströms, April 2003 (hbk: 91-32-32783-8)
laminated hbk: January 2004 (91-32-32905-9)
mass-market pbk: 2005 (91-32-43502-9)

*Turkish: 1. Faust Eric, trs. Niran Elçi, Ithaki, 2010 (978-605-375-086-4)
2. *Delidolu/Tudem, March 2017 (978-605-5060-82-4)

 

Reviews

Ah for the relief of comedy! Particularly the elegant comedy of Terry Pratchett, where a budding wizard may conjure up another wizard (of sorts) in his magic circle, where the worst demons are upstart bureaucrats, and the worst situations can be saved by the tumultuous advent of the Luggage. Thus Eric, the new “Discworld” novella, riotously illustrated by Josh Kirby. To give the name as it appears on the cover, it’s Faust Eric. Right, that story, with three wishes, the dark conjuring, the final trip to Hell – but no Marguerite. After all, Eric is only fourteen. He’s a demonology hacker, your basic precocious/obnoxious nerd, enough of the neophyte to mistake the hapless Rincewind for a wish-granting demon. Oddly enough, the elder wizard finds that he can snap his fingers, and lo, things actually happen. They’re never what Eric expects, though…. Irreverent, charming, absurd, and unobtrusively wise, Eric is nothing like its eponymous hero. Artist Kirby outdoes himself (in full colour), and Pratchett continues to turn everything he touches to comedic gold.          Locus, October 1990

It lives up to Pratchett’s imagination, every page is filled with his twisted humour. It is also marvellously illustrated by Josh Kirby. Instead of being confined to the cover as is the case with most Pratchett books, Kirby has been able to scatter more than a dozen of his detailed paintings, the style of which exactly match the tone Pratchett produces in the text. They Make a superb team.    Pauline Morgan

Background illustration © and by courtesy of Marc Simonetti