Metrovia (signed - last copy)

by Krass Clement


Publisher: Gyldendal

188 pages

Year: 2021

ISBN: 9788702256925

Price: 125

Comments: Hardcover, 27 x 25 x 2,5 cm, first edition.

Metrovia by Krass Clement is a book about Buenos Aires, but not in the usual sense of a book about the whole city with its architecture and famous squares. Rather, it is a description of the feeling aroused by a place, which is reflected in the book in an alternation between the immediately registered and the subjective interpretation. Understood in this way, what is seen is reversed and edited in the course of the book, so that it gradually dissolves the concrete to take on a more abstract form that encapsulates the atmosphere. Of course, we get a sense of the physical character of the city, but mostly the atmosphere is maintained through a repeated return to the city's subway, Metrovia, with all that it offers of human diversity. There is a wide alternation of recurring themes, including the Museum of Natural History, which on a concrete level is an expression of objective scientificity, but which in the book gradually takes on an unreal and fluid meaning.

The city has an immediate recognisability through its strong European flavour, which calls for a recognition that nevertheless remains a strangeness. It is precisely in the imperceptible conflict between what seems familiar on the one hand and a distant and foreign continent on the other that the book unfolds.

We can immediately find ourselves, but in a society subjected to insidious but violent pressures that permeate the atmosphere like an undertone. After all, we remain strangers to the anonymous crowd.

On the subway, in tango restaurants, at a closed carousel - places that evoke an old Europe, the experience of something static, of something that is no more, yet a modern metropolis with a myriad of displacements, arises.


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Metrovia (signed - last copy)

by Krass Clement


Publisher: Gyldendal

188 pages

Year: 2021

ISBN: 9788702256925

Price: 125

Comments: Hardcover, 27 x 25 x 2,5 cm, first edition.

Metrovia by Krass Clement is a book about Buenos Aires, but not in the usual sense of a book about the whole city with its architecture and famous squares. Rather, it is a description of the feeling aroused by a place, which is reflected in the book in an alternation between the immediately registered and the subjective interpretation. Understood in this way, what is seen is reversed and edited in the course of the book, so that it gradually dissolves the concrete to take on a more abstract form that encapsulates the atmosphere. Of course, we get a sense of the physical character of the city, but mostly the atmosphere is maintained through a repeated return to the city's subway, Metrovia, with all that it offers of human diversity. There is a wide alternation of recurring themes, including the Museum of Natural History, which on a concrete level is an expression of objective scientificity, but which in the book gradually takes on an unreal and fluid meaning.

The city has an immediate recognisability through its strong European flavour, which calls for a recognition that nevertheless remains a strangeness. It is precisely in the imperceptible conflict between what seems familiar on the one hand and a distant and foreign continent on the other that the book unfolds.

We can immediately find ourselves, but in a society subjected to insidious but violent pressures that permeate the atmosphere like an undertone. After all, we remain strangers to the anonymous crowd.

On the subway, in tango restaurants, at a closed carousel - places that evoke an old Europe, the experience of something static, of something that is no more, yet a modern metropolis with a myriad of displacements, arises.


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Metrovia (signed - last copy)

by Krass Clement


Publisher: Gyldendal

188 pages

Year: 2021

ISBN: 9788702256925

Price: 125

Comments: Hardcover, 27 x 25 x 2,5 cm, first edition.

Metrovia by Krass Clement is a book about Buenos Aires, but not in the usual sense of a book about the whole city with its architecture and famous squares. Rather, it is a description of the feeling aroused by a place, which is reflected in the book in an alternation between the immediately registered and the subjective interpretation. Understood in this way, what is seen is reversed and edited in the course of the book, so that it gradually dissolves the concrete to take on a more abstract form that encapsulates the atmosphere. Of course, we get a sense of the physical character of the city, but mostly the atmosphere is maintained through a repeated return to the city's subway, Metrovia, with all that it offers of human diversity. There is a wide alternation of recurring themes, including the Museum of Natural History, which on a concrete level is an expression of objective scientificity, but which in the book gradually takes on an unreal and fluid meaning.

The city has an immediate recognisability through its strong European flavour, which calls for a recognition that nevertheless remains a strangeness. It is precisely in the imperceptible conflict between what seems familiar on the one hand and a distant and foreign continent on the other that the book unfolds.

We can immediately find ourselves, but in a society subjected to insidious but violent pressures that permeate the atmosphere like an undertone. After all, we remain strangers to the anonymous crowd.

On the subway, in tango restaurants, at a closed carousel - places that evoke an old Europe, the experience of something static, of something that is no more, yet a modern metropolis with a myriad of displacements, arises.


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