Hirsch, Antonia; Muhle, Maria; Podesva, Kristina Lee.
Komma: After Dalton Trumbo's Johnny Got His Gun [Artist Book].
Vancouver: Fillip Editions, 2010. Limited Edition. Hardcover. Remarkable modification of Dalton Trumbo's 1938 anti-war novel "Johnny Got His Gun." In the original, the main charachter's battle injuries leave him unable to communicate (limbless, faceless)...deeply censored. The work was also famously written without the use of commas. Here Hirsch, hiring a copywriter, had all of the commas inserted in their grammatically proper place in the novel (per Chicago Manual of Style)...and then removed all of the text. What remains - elegant constellations of white punctuation against black pages - is a sombre and moving tribute to the original work. Maria Muhle and Kristina Lee Podesva provide context and commentary in the laid in pamphlet. Fine. No DJ, as Issued. Item #8005 Tight, bright, and unmarred. Black cloth boards, metalic silver lettering, black paper textblock, white ink text, bound in ribbon. 8vo. 309pp. Signed by the artist. Numbered limited edition, this being of 20 copies. Small descriptive pamphlet laid in ("The Most Inconspicuous Marks"; "Christ Has Come Up From Tuscon" 16pp).