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Written in 1905 by the German poet Christian Morgenstern, In the Land of Punctuation is a darkly comic linguistic caprice that holds a resonant mirror to our times. Situated at the crossroads of language, design, and politics, this illustrated edition is a unique picture book for adults. Translated faithfully by Sirish Rao, with typographic illustrations by Rathna Ramanath ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published October 1st 2009 by Tara Books
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Vishy
Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it
My first book of the year :) Discovered it a few days back and read it in quickly in one sitting today. It is the graphic novel version of Christian Morgenstern's poem. In the story told by the poem, the characters are different punctuation marks and the way the fight with each other and gang up together to harass another punctuation mark is described beautifully with pictures. The artwork is quite beautiful. The book has an eerie resemblance to European history of the first half of the 20th cen ...more
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The illustrations are beautiful.
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Jan 13, 2016 rated it really liked it
Great typographic artwork illustrates this darkly comic 1905 poem by German poet Christian Morgenster.
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Shelves: graphic-novel
Just for fun. For the proofreader in your life.
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Christian Morgenstern (May 6, 1871–March 31, 1914) was a German author and poet.

Morgenstern's poetry, much of which was inspired by English literary nonsense, is immensely popular, even though he enjoyed very little success during his lifetime. He made fun of scholasticism, e.g. literary criticism in "Drei Hasen", grammar in "Der Werwolf", narrow-mindedness in "Der Gaul", and symbolism in "Der Was
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