The front jacket of Paul Auster’s novel Onzichtbaar (original title: Invisible) is composed entirely of letters. The panel were instantly taken with it, at least one of them calling it brilliant. Look a little more carefully and you find that these variously coloured, rounded letters together add up to the author’s name on a black background. With the shading of their colours added to their shadow effect they generate an air of mystery and excitement, creating depth on the flat surface and becoming almost fluid, like the events in the book in which time and perspective shift constantly and truth, memory and identity become intermingled. To the panel this impressive jacket came as a particular surprise, standing out so sharply as it did from the usual run of covers for works of fiction.
Language: Dutch, translated by Ronald Vlek
Publisher / commissioner: De Arbeiderspers, Amsterdam/Antwerpen
Designer: Studio Ron van Roon (Bart Rouwhorst, jacket and binding), Jaap Meijer (interior)
Lithographer: Perfect Service, Schoonhoven (typesetting), Reproscan, Hasselt (lithography)
Printer: ScandBook, KorsnÃ¤s (S)
Binder: ScandBook, KorsnÃ¤s (S)
Dimensions: 133 x 214 x 24
Amount of pages: 238 p.
Number of copies: 7,500
Price: € 19.95
ISBN: 978 90 295 7162 3
Font and foundry: Janson
Binding style: unsewn hardback
Material: 100gsm Lessebo Bok 1.5 (interior), 120gsm Munken Pure, white (endpapers), 1100gsm 2mm board (binding), 130gsm Galerie Art, white (jacket)