Book Design | Zobeide by Italo Calvino

  • Design and production by Samira Rahimi. Finalist in ACA artist book design 2013. Original is apart of ACA Artist Book Collection. 

    This is a book design for "Zobeideh" by Italo Calvino. The mirror cover makes your face main element of the cover design and it is a nice welcome to the Zobeideh, dreamy white city that built by men who came to the city and each of them made streets and roads in their own way one after another one to achieve their goal, (better to read this short story first) however they just trapped each other and stuck in this ugly city, this trap. All the pages are multi layers cardboards that cut by laser cutter and binded by hand.
  • Zobeide by Italo Calvino  |   Full Story
    "From there, after six days and seven nights, you arrive at Zobeide, the white city, well exposed to the moon, with streets wound about themselves as in a skein. They tell this tale of its foundation: men of various nations had an identical dream. They saw a woman running at night through an unknown city; she was seen from behind, with long hair, and she was naked. They dreamed of pursuing her. As they twisted and turned, each of them lost her. After the dream they set out in search of that city; they never found it, but they found one another; they decided to build a city like the one in the dream. In laying out the streets, each followed the course of his pursuit; at the spot where they had lost the fugitive's trail, they arranged spaces and walls differently from the dream, so she would be unable to escape again. This was the city of Zobeide, where they settled, waiting for that scene to be repeated one night. None of them, asleep or awake, ever saw the woman again. The city's streets were streets where they went to work every day, with no link any more to the dreamed chase. Which, for that matter, had long been forgotten. New men arrived from other lands, having had a dream like theirs, and in the city of Zobeide, they recognized something of the streets of the dream, and they changed the positions of arcades and stairways to resemble more closely the path of the pursued woman and so, at the spot where she had vanished, there would remain no avenue of escape. The first to arrive could not understand what drew these people to Zobeide this ugly city, this trap. "                                                                                                                       Italo Calvino.