‘Take care when gathering information.’
‘We live mainly on information. We see very little for ourselves and live on others’ testimony. Hearing is truth’s last entry point and a lie’s first. Truth is normally seen and rarely heard.’
Baltasar Gracián, from The Pocket Oracle and Art of Prudence (1647)
There’s an unselfconscious and encouraging feel to the breadth of Corraini Edizioni’s published offerings. In particular, the variety of illustrated books they produce are impressive.
Gertrude Stein once said that ‘writers have to have two countries, the one where they belong and the one which they live really.’ She also noted that ‘the second one […] is separate from themselves, it is not real but it is really there.’ 1
Avoiding pretence (& not assuming too much)
In this light (and even as readers more than writers), it has to be OK that we’re native English-speakers intrigued by this Italian publishing group. Maybe it’s a valid, if not quick or easy, reason to push on with learning Italian. What’s remarkable about their finely-crafted small books is the content that avoids pretence. To work well, the makers of these little books must sharply hone in on their own visual language.
We’ll be posting more about why this publisher is of interest to us here at Letterfit in 2019. Till then, please enjoy exploring their catalogue of art books.
1 Stein is quoted as saying this in 1940 in the book French Lessons: A memoir by Alice Kaplan (University of Chicago & London Press).