The Impossible Library

2021-…

The story of a book begins on its cover. A single image aims to condense 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.

Note: This work is intended as nothing more than a small wink to the publishing world, and I hope it is understood as such.

Illustration credits: Vickih Jihadiqiswah (Males Herbes), Davro Ave (Contraseña), Adrian Ezio (Xordica) and Antoine de Saint-Exupéry/AI Tool (Gallimard)

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
Contraseña
La cua de palla
DEBOLSILLO
Destino
Edhasa
Edicions de 1984
Errata Naturae
Flâneur
Fracaso Books
Galaxia Gutenberg
Gallimard
Gatopardo Ediciones
Impedimenta
L'Altra Editorial
Males Herbes
Malpaso
Minúscula
Nordica
Penguin Books
Periférica
Periscopi
Planeta
Proa
Quaderns Crema
Salamandra
Seix Barral
Sexto Piso
Siruela
Timun Mas
Tusquets
Xordica