In the Land of Punctuation

Christian Morgenstern, Rathna Ramanathan, Sirish Rao First published in 1905, German poet Christian Morgenstern’s piece is a darkly comic linguistic caprice. Illustrated with punctuation marks, the text is a romp, and yet the political undertones are unmistakable, suggesting menacing systems of control. Rathna Ramanathan balances bold experimentation with precise communication to create a book that reinvents design as argument. Her art and design invoke icons, styles and genres of early twentieth century western and Russian avant-garde traditions to make a compelling argument about freedom of expression. This book is silkscreen-printed onto handmade paper, with each page an art print.

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Weight 620.0 g
Dimensions 354 × 235 mm





Silkscreen-printed on paper recycled from cotton waste



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Christian Morgenstern

Christian Morgernstern

Christian Morgernstern (1871–1914) was a late 19th Century German poet whose dark and capricious verse was inspired by English Literary nonsense. A satirist of the highest order, his work has continued to delight generations of Germans.

Rathna Ramanathan

Rathna Ramanathan

Designer Rathna Ramanathan has steered the design philosophy of Tara since the very beginning. In the process, she can be said to have pioneered innovative children’s book design in India. Her main interest is in typography as well as in changing the form of the book. She runs minus9, her own graphic design studio, and is currently the Head of Visual Communication at the Royal College of Art, London. Click here to discover her other Tara Books.

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao

Sirish Rao is one of the most exciting new voices in contemporary Indian writing. He has authored more than fifteen books, ranging from novels and children’s books to retellings of myths and collections of pop art. Several of his titles have won international awards. His writing reflects his interests in nature, mountaineering, travel and the oddities of language. Click here to discover his other Tara Books.