Het duister dat ons scheidt

Book coverHet duister dat ons scheidt
Book coverHet duister dat ons scheidt
Book coverHet duister dat ons scheidt
Book coverHet duister dat ons scheidt

This illustrated version of Renate Dorrestein’s novel (The Darkness that Divides Us), first published in 2003, became a project for designer Brigitte Slangen and illustrator Sylvia Weve, who also did the picture editing. What is exciting is how innovatively and freely the illustrations in the text help convey and support the narrative. The cover is dark, echoing the darkness in the title, while the typography of the title itself symbolizes the separation to which it refers, as do the handsome endpapers with their graphic representation of lighted windows in the dark. The way in which typography and illustration are interwoven in the interior is both subtle and effective. The usual matt laminate has been avoided so that the quality of the paper used for the dust jacket is tangible. The text stock is perhaps slightly too thick, but because the book is into its cover – unusual for a novel published in a numbered edition – it still opens nice and flat. This is the exceptional result of a very clearly successful collaboration between illustrator and graphic designer.

Edition: 2018
Date of publication: February 2018
Author: Renate Dorrestein
Language: Dutch
Final editor: Josje Kraamer
Image editor: Josje Kraamer
Illustrator: Sylvia Weve
Artist: Sylvia Weve
Publisher: Querido, Amsterdam
Available through: Webshop, bookshop
Graphic designer: Brigitte Slangen (Nijmegen)
Lithographer: Wilco Art Books, Amsterdam
Printer: Wilco BV | Boeken & Tijdschriften, Amersfoort
Binder: Wilco BV | Boeken & Tijdschriften, Amersfoort
Size book block (w x h x d in mm): 135 x 215 x 30
Number of pages: 384
Print run: 2,500
Price: € 30.99
ISBN: 978 90 214 1298 6
Font and foundry: Dolly Pro (Underware)
Binding style: sewn hardback
Paper for interior (grammage): 120gsm. BIO TOP 3®, Antalis
Endpapers (grammage): 120gsm Gerippt Bläulichweiß Vorsatzpapier, Cordier Spezialpapier
Material cover (grammage): Brillianta® 4292, Van Heek Textiles
Special features: Binding stamp Colorit 912 black Kurz