Artist Transcribes Fyodor Dostoyevsky by Hand, Substituting His Own Name

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By Jason Boog Comment

Over the course of one year, Artist Kris Martin copied the entire text of Fyodor Dostoyevsky‘s The Idiot by hand, substituting his own name for the protagonist in the nearly 1,500-page handwritten manuscript (pictured via, click to enlarge).

If you had to copy one book by hand, what book would you copy? This GalleyCat editor would copy The Great Gatsby. Follow this link to read a free eBook copy of the famous original.

Here’s more about another print-focused Martin exhibit: “For the solo exhibition of Kris Martin ‘Deus ex Machina’ at Johann K├Ânig, Berlin, 2006, a huge mechanical offset printing press, a Heidelberger-Druckmaschine built in 1963, was shown and operated for it’s last time.” (Via MetaFilter)

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