First published in 1905, German poet Christian Morgenstern's piece is a darkly comic linguistic caprice. Illustrated with punctuation marks, the text is a romp, and yet the political undertones are unmistakable, suggesting systems of menacing control. Rathna Ramanathan's art and design invoke well-known icons, styles and genres of early 20th Century western and Russian art and craft to make a compelling argument about freedom of expression. This handsome hand, silkscreen-printed edition recreates the brilliant conceptual art of the book, with ink, line and paper combining to add depth and texture to every page.
Ramanathan's genius (and there can be no doubting her genius here), is such that In The Land Of Punctuation evokes a complete sense of time and space, it's a world as familiar to us as our own, with characters as obvious to us as any human. And though the story takes over we never escape that what's presented before us is beautiful design at work.-- The Illustrated Forest blog Beautifully designed by Rathna Ramanathan, the images through which the verses develop are all 'assembled' typographically, using only punctuation marks as both independent characters and visual signs forming the elements of the landscape. -- Observatory Mansions blog