The Impossible Library

2021

The story of a book begins on its cover. A single image condenses the universe created by a writer. A cover can be enigmatic, sober, strident, sophisticated, austere, disturbing, excessive. The cover is a letter of introduction of a book and a promise of what it holds inside.

“The Impossible Library” brings together a series of covers for a fictional novel based on the project “Once upon a time a traveler” inspired by the designs of various collections of contemporary literature books from publishers that are already part of the collective imagination of readers. These covers are promises that will never be fulfilled.

A book unwritten is more than a void. It accompanies the work one has done like an active shadow, both ironic and sorrowful. It is one of the lives we could have lived, one of the journeys we did not take.

– George Steiner, “My unwritten books”

Acantilado
Alfaguara
Alpha Decay
Anagrama
Anagrama Compactos
Asteroide
Austral
Blackie Books
Cabaret Voltaire
La cua de palla
DEBOLSILLO
Destino
Edhasa
Edicions de 1984
Errata Naturae
Fracaso Books
Galaxia Gutenberg
Impedimenta
L'Altra Editorial
Malpaso
Nordica
Penguin Books
Periférica
Periscopi
Planeta
Proa
Quaderns Crema
Rata
Salamandra
Seix Barral
Timun Mas
Tusquets