This explosion of color is both a literary homage and an experiment in graphics. The year 1966 marked the publication of Nanni Balestrini’s novel Tristano (Tristan) with “no plot and no characters.” It sed a combination of techniques to make up a random text that differed from book to book. In this little 16-pager—deliberately entitled Isotta (Isolde)—the “text” is not made up of letters, words, and sentences, but the signs used for checking print quality. The abstract signs are formed here by randomly crossing and mixing the inks during printing, thus becoming the most important features in a graphic design created by chance and error, with each copy of Isotta being unlike the others.
Author: Leonardo Sonnoli
Size: 6.4375 × 9.1875 inches
Pages: 16
Binding: Pamphlet
Publisher: Edizioni Corraini, 2010