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Jestem miasto. Warszawa

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Title in English: 
I am the City. Warsaw
Author: 
Aleksandra Szkoda
Illustrator: 
Marianna Oklejak
Illustrations: 
Colour
Place of publication: 
Warsaw
Country: 
Publisher: 
Czuły Barbarzyńca Press
Year of publication: 
2012
Pages: 
16 p.
Size: 
27 x 32 cm
ISBN: 
978-83-62676-16-3
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As the title itself indicates, the ‘narrator’ of the book is Warsaw, the beautiful and proud capital city of Poland. The book depicts the most important episodes and events that have taken place in a specific urban space, by particular people. A dense, dynamic and evocative chronicling method, adopting a bird’s-eye perspective, and a simple system for conveying meaning (similar to picture writing) will allow the reader to follow multiple stories that come alive across the spread of the book’s illustrative plates. Page by page, an ever greater and grander city is rising in front of our eyes. Each consecutive chapter, like a distinct freeze-frame image, is distinguished by a different colour scheme, and the artwork incorporates Warsaw's most recognizable architectural sights as the background scenery. The multi-layered plot unfolds throughout the city. Major historic events that can be boring and opaque when presented in a traditional textbook manner become dramatic when shown to have resulted from ordinary people’s everyday life.