Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, one of the more remarkable literary discoveries has been Andrey Platonov. Despite being a supporter of the 1917 Revolution, Platonov quickly became disillusioned as he witnessed the effects of the 1921 drought and subsequent famine. By the end of that decade he had begun to document Soviet life, and while many of his early stories were printed, his later, more politically sensitive novels remained unpublished until after his death in 1951.
These typographical treatments are intended to reflect the Communist experience in Platonov’s writing – the workers as part of the machine in The Foundation Pit; the parachutist’s firey descent in Happy Moscow; and the star representing both the heartbeat of the individual and the individual bounded by society.
A literary mystery from the Queen of Japanese Noir.
R is the other woman in a 1940s novel that recounts the damage she did to her lover’s family. Her identity remains shrouded in mystery. Tamaki is determined to find out who R really was. A writer herself, she is working on a book about R and begins to uncover clues about the true story behind the novel. As Tamaki throws herself into her research, her own life begins to strike echoes with the subject of her work.
The idea for the cover was to have layered sheets of paper to reflect the depth of this novel-within-a-novel. The type is an adapted version of Century Schoolbook which helps to give a period feel, and yellow was chosen for the title as it is a significant colour in the book.