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[PER] carroll's two alice books transformed into a leporello

Endless Wonderland, or How Mirijam Zastrau has transformed a subtle language game of the Carroll's two Alice books into an enjoyable Leporello

'Alice in Wonderland' and 'Alice Through Looking Glass' describe a world that is quite literally crazy. Their main character, the young Alice, finds herself in a curious place were only complete nonsense makes a modicum of sense.

In recent years, this paradox inspired numerous de-constructivist interpretations, according to which Carroll – a mathematician writing under a pseudonym in Victorian England – had already demonstrated the limits of logocentric thought.

This is the thread taken up by Cologne commercial artist Mirijam Zastrau, whose remarkable book not only illustrates Carroll's stories but also provides a personal interpretation of them.

Leafing through the concertina-folded pages reveals there vertical columns of print: the left-hand one containing an abridged version of the story, the right-hand one a theoretical reflection on it, while the central columns features illustrations that are heavy with allusions.

Once you have unfolded your way through Alice's adventures in Wonderland, you automatically find yourself on the other side – Through the Looking Glass – thanks to continuous Leprorello construction. Something even more amazing happens to this strip of paper, which is printed on both sides and measures over five meters, when you twist one of the two ends and joint to the other. The result is a Moebius strip in which the front and rear form a single surface.

Thus, Carroll's literally expedition in the reverse of logical order takes a concrete, comprehensible form, while the thread of color running through the stories and progressing from light to dark becomes a never-ending continuum.

Those of a bibliophile disposition will prefer to merely imagine the recommended handicraft activity, likewise the artist’s suggestion that you cut out the middle picture column, so as to conjure up two intertwined Moebius strips.

The fact that such magic acts mirror the narrative structure of Carroll's stories will perhaps attract an even larger group of readers of this work, which was produced as a diploma thesis at Offenbach Design Academy and is to be publishes shortly. – [text :: mirko driller, foto :: jorg baumann, published :: form: the european design magazine, 3/2003, pp. 26-37]


что и говорить, охота такую книжку почитать –скорее даже, покрутить в руках. резать вряд ли бы стал. интересно, а насколько патентуемы такие идеи? типа публикаций книг в форме ленты мёбиуса? или – в форме трех лент, как здесь? идеи забаваные и интересные одновременно, по крайне мере, я не встречал их в приложении к алисе точно. хочется чуть ли не самому попробовать.

написать свой перевод алис хочется, наверное, рано или поздно каждому любителю этих текстов (вариант – написать свою интерпретацию событий). но вот недавно мне стало хотеться создать к ним и иллюстрации тоже. почти все существующие мне ну никак не нравятся. даже канонические любятся просто из какого-то уважения к седине.

визуально эта книга мне тоже, кстати, совсем не понравилась. хотя девушка-"коммерческий артист" получила бронзу на какой-то книжно-дизайнерской тусовке.

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