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Back + Forth: A Novel in 90 Linocuts





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Marta Chudolinska’s Back + Forth is a visual narrative. There is no text in this 187 page novel, only linocuts, printed in black, grey, or sepia. It is a true wordless novel, where the reader gathers personal meaning from the images. This process in itself creates the words that encompass what is (and will be) a very personal tale. It seems that the artist has specifically drawn the image for the frontispiece. The inclusion of the letters ‘B + F’ reiterate in a very simple way the title, thereby connecting it back to the whole book.


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