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.

Priced at 40 euro, plus shipping. Order through webshop.  Order through email.

See some images of the book here. Or view the interior online.

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 Columbia University, Decker Library (Maryland Institute College of Art), Kunstbibliothek (Berlin), Kunst- und Museumsbibliothek Köln (Museum Ludwig), MoMA Library, National Library of The Netherlands (Koninklijke Bibliotheek), The New York Public Library and the Thomas J. Watson library at The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Read a discussion of the book by Annette Gilbert in Textkünste, Buchrevolution um 1500, 2016.


Written by Elisabeth Tonnard

August 23, 2011 at 10:31 am