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2016
author
Aleksandra Zaręba (PL)
title
The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. A study of melancholy
degree
M.A. project
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school
Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw
supervisor
prof. Maciej Buszewicz
The inspiration for this work was The Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa. The polyphonic narrative of the book consists of numerous excerpts left by Pessoa, which were ordered and organized after his death by several publishers. Formally, the project alludes to 16th‑century Christian prints. It is built of printed and handwritten text, while the graphic representation of the notions of destruction and lack is acquired by means of typography, the anatomy of letters. According to the author, “writing and designing melancholy becomes writing and designing with melancholy: that explains historicizing, borrowings, passion for collecting, obsession of writing – unfinished, constantly modified, imperfect, and yet pursuing the imaginary completeness”.