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book (design) story #503

ilja ehrenburg:
die traumfabrik

malik-verlag, berlin, 1931
size: 19 x 13 cm
designer: john heartfield (jacket)

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a stunning, but very fragile jacket design by john heartfield (1891-1968) who designed most of the books of his brother wieland herzfelde's malik-verlag.

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not one of his famous photomontages for once, but a metallic foil with cut-out letters which appear green due to the underlying paper. there were variants with red, blue and white writing (see j├╝rgen holstein's "blickfang", isbn 3000147861, p. 152). the golden foil has discoloured to silver on the front.

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ilja ehrenburg (1891-1967) was one of the most prominent soviet writers. in "factory of dreams" he takes on hollywood and the american film industry.

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