(or at least, that's what I like to think)
I’ve always loved and admired Jonathan Safran Foer, not only as a writer, but as a creative mind most of all. I think the world needs people like him, the kind of people that never give up when they have a beautiful and “ginormous” idea even if they are told that their idea is “unmeakable”.
Well, Tree of Codes, the book that most book printers said “just could not be made” is out there, since the 15th of November thanks to the publishing house Die Keure in Belgium.
This new Foer’s literary and book design experiment is an interactive paper sculpture where the author and his collaborators took the pages of Bruno Schulz’s The Street of Crocodiles -Safran Foer’s favorite book according to Visual Editions- and created a completely new story by using the die-cut technique, “…exploring the idea of the pages’ physical relationship to one another and how this could somehow be developed to work with a meaningful narrative. The book is as much a sculptural object as it is a work of masterful storytelling: here is an “enormous last day of life” that looks like it feels.” (You can see the first reactions here.)
Tree of Codes is the result of a year of writing, cutting and proto-typing later, and the tenacity and perseverance of a beautiful and creative group of people that is I’m sure is going to prove that the physical book, while in good hands, is far from disappearing.
By Laia Vilaseca.
Published 15 November 2010
More info here
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