Published in 1910, the book was written by German writer, historian and philosopher Ricarda Huch (1864-1947) in response to a family game, which challenged the author to write a detective story. She took the gamble and created a novel, in epistolary format, set in pre-revolutionary Russia. A troubled time that contrasts with its setting, a country house where the family of the state governor, Yegor Rasimkara, retreats in search of tranquility and security. The governor had just ordered the closure of the University of Saint Petersburg to silence student protests. Liu, a cultured and observant man, is called by Yegor's wife to protect him in their home. However, he is secretly an anarchist militant who plans to kill him.
The book's design had the typewriter as its starting point, an essential element of the plot. The reproduction of its pieces on the dust jacket, printed on tracing paper, allows the parts of this machine to be superimposed, resulting in a graphic tangle. Photos of these pieces also appear on some internal pages, like a puzzle that is put together little by little as you read. The typography of the titles is Gal Gothic (2022), whose main inspiration is the sans serif types from the beginning of the 20th century, common in printed matter from the time in which the novel takes place. The text one is Lygia (2017), as it presents calligraphic characteristics in its design.
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