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Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis, Carambaia

Contributed by Tereza Bettinardi on Nov 12th, 2016. Artwork published in .
    Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis, Carambaia 1
    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. Nino Andrés/Carambaia. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.

    Dom Casmurro is an 1899 novel written by Brazilian author Machado de Assis and it is widely regarded as one of the most important books ever written in Portuguese language. It is written as a fictional memoir by a distrusting, jealous husband, the narrator, however, is not a reliable conveyor of the story as it is a dark comedy.

    This special edition published by Carambaia is an attempt to honour this important book. It brings illustrations by Brazilian artist Carlos Issa who made interventions on photographs of Rio de Janeiro in the 19th century.

    Designers often justify their typographic choices with the era the novel was written. It is a way to connect readers to a certain time. However, the purpose in this case went through a different way. Should this (obvious) connection be important in this case and even desirable? It would make sense if the character’s voices couldn’t be upgraded.

    Stanley, apart from being a beautiful typeface — with all the resources needed for text composition — has some joints and abrupt endings that relates with Issa’s work.

    From left to right: regular edition cover, two exclusive special covers with original drawings by Carlos Issa on internal printed pages.
    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.

    From left to right: regular edition cover, two exclusive special covers with original drawings by Carlos Issa on internal printed pages.

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    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.
    Dom Casmurro by Machado de Assis, Carambaia 4
    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.
    From left to right: regular edition cover, two exclusive special covers with original drawings by Carlos Issa on internal printed pages.
    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.

    Footnotes and titles printed in Pantone 876 U

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    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.
    From left to right: regular edition cover, two exclusive special covers with original drawings by Carlos Issa on internal printed pages.
    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.

    Hidden city/nature: Rio de Janeiro is a permanent character in mostly all Machado de Assis works. A double fore-edge painting on both sides of the page margin shows two different landmarks of Rio: Sugarloaf Mountain and The Carioca Aqueduct.

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    Photo: Tereza Bettinardi. License: All Rights Reserved. Artwork by Tereza Bettinardi.

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