Louis Luthi, A Die With Twenty-Six Faces
13 x 20 cm, 104 p, ills colours & bw, softcover, English
Published by Roma Publications
In ‘A Die With Twenty-Six Faces’, the author guides us through his collection of books with letters for titles, referred to as “alphabet books”. Some of these titles are familiar, such as John Updike’s ‘S.’, Georges Perec’s ‘W’, and Louis Zukofsky’s ‘A’. Others are obscure, perhaps even imaginary, like Arnold Skemer’s ‘C’ and ‘D’, or Zach Sodenstern’s ‘A’. Tracing connections between these books, the author elaborates on the symbolic content of letters, Joycean characters, Franz Kafka, Guy Davenport, and libraries within libraries. Designed by the author and mixing essay and fiction, the book is a playful meditation on contemporary literature, typography, and book collecting.