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A classic like ‘Pride And Prejudice’ is a popular choice.
A classic like ‘Pride And Prejudice’ is a popular choice.

Prose on the wall

These typographic posters turn entire, unabridged texts of novels into an iconic visual

If you are the type to read your favourite book several times over, carry it with you when you’re travelling, refer to it when you’re in need of advice and keep it as a permanent fixture on your bedside table, then you are likely to want to put it up on your wall if possible.

The Narrators, a Mumbai-based writers’ group, has found a way to do just that—a collection of posters that are a typographic impression of your favourite books and characters.

Mr Darcy and Elizabeth of Pride And Prejudice just about to kiss; Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland; the tiny people of Lilliput from Gulliver’s Travels; and Peter Pan and his fantasy world are among the few classics that have been made into posters. What looks like silhouettes of these characters from afar is actually a painstakingly and cleverly done typographic design where the entire text of the book flows around the canvas to create an iconic visual of that book.

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The font sizes and the size of the posters vary depending on the thickness of the books they’re portraying—Gibran’s Prophet makes a smaller poster than Shantaram. Printed on a satin-finish paper that’s non-reflective, hanging and lighting is quite effortless.

Former journalists Reshma Jain, Alpana Lath Sawai and Lina Mathias started The Narrators five months ago in Mumbai to take up commissioned writing and editing work. “We are currently working on a biography of Banwari Lal Jindal (a bullion trader) and a book on the temples of India," says Jain. The idea for the typographic posters came to them when Jain was gifted a poster of Pride And Prejudice by her friend, Berlin-based designer Peter Morcinek.

“When I saw that poster, it took my breath away. It had the same effect on everyone who saw it. Soon people wanted to know where I had got it from and whether I could get it for them. So I thought perhaps I could make them available here," says Jain.

The posters are designed by and sourced from the UK-based designer and Web developer Carl (who uses one name only) and Morcinek. The Narrators currently has 80 titles in stock and is working on more. “Carl started this when he wanted to gift his mother something. Instead of buying it off a shelf, he decided to create something for her," says Jain. The result was the first of these typographic posters, made on an architectural theme. However, literature became the more popular theme.

“Morcinek, on the other hand, works in the computer security industry, but is an avid reader with an interest in calligraphy, typography, graffiti and various other art forms," says Jain.

Every year, The Narrators plans to acquire and retail literature-related merchandise. “This year it was posters and for next year we’re looking at some jewellery that’s inspired by literature. We are all lovers of literature and want to provide people with collectors’ items like these," says Jain.

Posters available at Anemos, Krishna House, Raghuvanshi Estate, Senapati Bapat Marg, Lower Parel, Mumbai; and www.the-narrators.com/posters Prices start at 12,500.

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