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The Arion Press (San Francisco), has published Nikolai Gogol’s Petersburg tale “The Nose” (1836), prefaced, annotated, and translated by Stanislav Shvabrin. The Arion Press relies on Johannes Gutenberg’s methods to produce handmade books that reinvent the content-form ratio in unexpected ways. Shvabrin’s translation of “The Nose” interacts with 16 artworks by William Kentridge, whose stage designs accompanied Metropolitan Opera’s 2010 revival of Dmitri Shostakovich’s operatic adaptation of the tale (1928). 

Click here to accompany Anthony Bourdain on a visit to The Arion Press and its master typographer Andrew Hoyem for his “Raw Craft” program (2015) or here to watch Business Insider’s feature on The Arion Press in the “Still Standing” series (2021).

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