Elisabeth Tonnard

The Story of a Young Gentleman


An ultra-short story that in defiance of literary taste and publishing conventions manifests itself as a novel-sized book. The main character in the story reads the entire text of Tolstoy’s War and Peace and we read along with him.

Leerdam, The Netherlands, 2011.

B&W, perfect bound paperback. 350 pages.

See some images of the book here. Or view the interior at the bottom of this page.

This book was shortlisted in the 2012 Artists’ Books of the Moment Award, Art Gallery of York University, Canada.

It is included in the collection of the Bayerische Staatsbibliothek, Bodleian Library (special collections at Weston Library), Columbia University, Decker Library (Maryland Institute College of Art), Jan Michalski Foundation for Writing and Literature, Kunstbibliothek (Berlin), Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek Köln (Museum Ludwig), MACBA (Museu d’Art Contemporani de Barcelona), MoMA Library, National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), The New York Public Library, Thomas J. Watson library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte (Munich).

Read a discussion of the book by Annette Gilbert in Textkünste, Buchrevolution um 1500, 2016 or in Reprint, Appropriation (&) Literature, Luxbooks, 2014.

This book is sold out.

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Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

August 23, 2011 at 10:31 am