Renate Dorrestein

Het 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
Release date: February 2018
Language: Dutch
Final editor: Josje Kraamer
Picture editor: Josje Kraamer
Illustrator: Sylvia Weve
Artist: Sylvia Weve
Publisher / commissioner: Querido, Amsterdam
Available through: Webshop
Designer: Brigitte Slangen (Nijmegen)
Lithographer: Wilco Art Books, Amsterdam
Printer: Wilco BV | Boeken & Tijdschriften, Amersfoort
Binder: Wilco BV | Boeken & Tijdschriften, Amersfoort
Dimensions: 135 x 215 x 30
Amount of pages: 384
Number of copies: 2,500
Retail price in euros: € 30.99
ISBN: 978 90 214 1298 6
Font and foundry: Dolly Pro (Underware)
Binding style: sewn hardback
Paper interior: 120gsm. BIO TOP 3®, Antalis
Paper end papers: 120gsm Gerippt Bläulichweiß Vorsatzpapier, Cordier Spezialpapier
Cover material: Brillianta® 4292, Van Heek Textiles
Dust jacket material: 130gsm Schleipen Fly® 05 Spezialweiß 1.2, Cordier Spezialpapier
Other technical features: Binding stamp Colorit 912 black Kurz