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Letters, In a Word!
Fake news and short-stories
Collections of fake news, short stories, imaginary biographies of celebrities in a satirical and humorous manner. The play between fact and fiction is a dominant theme. The impact of the satirical magazine “Onion” is obvious, but these nespapers go further than satirysizing local and global news, political events and social issues.
Deconstruction of the “truth” becomes the main theme of these newspapers that tend to prove theat the truth in the modern world is a term and concept easily manipulated, and commercial and consumeristic way of thinking and living are the main areas of criticism. Social engagement is important issue in these publications and is an extension of the satire and humor. It’s an endeavor to bring artistic discourse in journalistic genre.
2009 Dossier: Planet X
“Secret documents from the private life of the planets”
ilustr., 21 cm
Books from the AstroGnome edition are not scientific documents, their idea is not to be exact, nor they contain physical formulas. Rather, the idea is to play between fact and fiction to create something that is called “faction” or, as the author prefers, educational prose.
The topic of the first three books is the macroworld and the astronomy, while the fourth book is dealing with the microworld.
The author semantizes and breaks all the meanings, all the phrases and all the elements of narration, then resemanticizes them. In that process, he constantly mixes disparate concepts. Mostly in the field of popular culture and modern communications, but in that playfulness, there are many intellectualisms, in his own way style.
2003 Something for Everyone, Nothing for Someone
Illustr., 17 cm
If you say that his stories are postmodern or that they emerge from under the large coat of Danil Harms – you are right. If you declare minimalism, compactness, simplicity, fairy tale style and subtle humor as main points of his poetics – you will be also right.
But it is interesting that in Prlja’s literature – as in any other good literature – meanings are not exhausted just like that. As David Albahari said: “What the story knows, we will never find out.”
Font # 1 Nina
Font made from the handwriting of Nina Prlja (8 years old) and used in the design of the book “An Alphabet Goes to a Graduation Party” published by Kapka, 2014.