Da, cartea pe hârtie moare, dar din fericire nu se predă. Din fericire pentru noi cititorii, pentru că lupta cărţii pe hârtie să supravieţuiască naşte obiecte minunate, dar în acelaşi timp stimulează şi cărţile electronice să devină mai interesante şi mai frumoase.
Am primit în aceste zile două cărţi care nu ar putea exista (cel puţin nu încă) decât pe hârtie. Prima este nuvela distopică Memory Palace, scrisă de Hari Kunzru, la realizarea căreia au participat 20 de artişti, desenatori sau graficieni. Mai mult, Memory Palace chiar s-a realizat fizic într-o expoziţie care a fost deschisă o dată cu lansarea cărţii.
A new work of fiction by Hari Kunzru, best-selling author of Gods Without Men, forms the basis of this innovative book and exhibition, in which reading a story is translated into a three-dimensional visual experience by leading typographers, illustrators and graphic designers. Hari Kunzru has conjured a dark vision of a future in which not just books but remembering itself is banned and a small group of renegade memorialists is all that stands in the face of total oblivion. From the point of view of one of their incarcerated members, Memory Palace takes us through his fragmented memories as he lies trapped in his cell, clinging to the belief that without memory civilization is doomed. An essay by the exhibition’s curators, Laurie Britton Newell and Ligaya Salazar, unpicks the intentions and process behind this innovative project, while specially commissioned work by Robert Frank Hunter and drawings from the exhibition’s collaborators illustrate the book.
A doua carte este S. a lui J.J. Abrams şi Doug Dorst, un obiect extraordinar pe care îmi este imposibil să-l descriu şi despre care nici nu am vrut de fapt să citesc prea mult, pentru a nu strica misterul. Priviţi numai imaginile de mai jos. Eu nu am mai întâlnit aşa o carte până acum, sub forma unui roman misterios împrumutat de la bibliotecă sau găsit într-un pod prăfuit, roman între şi pe ale cărui pagini şi-au pus amprenta cei care l-au citit.
One book. Two readers. A world of mystery, menace, and desire.
A young woman picks up a book left behind by a stranger. Inside it are his margin notes, which reveal a reader entranced by the story and by its mysterious author. She responds with notes of her own, leaving the book for the stranger, and so begins an unlikely conversation that plunges them both into the unknown.
The book: Ship of Theseus, the final novel by a prolific but enigmatic writer named V.M. Straka, in which a man with no past is shanghaied onto a strange ship with a monstrous crew and launched onto a disorienting and perilous journey.
The writer: Straka, the incendiary and secretive subject of one of the world’s greatest mysteries, a revolutionary about whom the world knows nothing apart from the words he wrote and the rumors that swirl around him.
The readers: Jennifer and Eric, a college senior and a disgraced grad student, both facing crucial decisions about who they are, who they might become, and how much they’re willing to trust another person with their passions, hurts, and fears.
S., conceived by filmmaker J. J. Abrams and written by award-winning novelist Doug Dorst, is the chronicle of two readers finding each other in the margins of a book and enmeshing themselves in a deadly struggle between forces they don’t understand, and it is also Abrams and Dorst’s love letter to the written word.