Diploma project, ECAL 2014


by Jean-Vincent Simonet

In 1869, aged 23, Isidore Ducasse published Les Chants de Maldoror, a cutting-edge book praising youth revolt, blasphemy and the victory of dream over reality. My work is a rendition of the original book, divided into six booklets. This new illustrated version is a revival of this literary enigma, transforming the classic novel into a contemporary editorial object. Each of the six booklets offers a thematic approach related to the universe of Les Chants de Maldoror. The graphic design and different typologies of pictures give each booklet its own and strong personality. The literary blasphemy turns into a tribute.