Michalis Pichler: Coup de dés (Collection) — Books and Ideas after Mallarmé

‘Coup de dés  (Collection): Books and Ideas after Mallarmé’ brings together a vast number of editions of Mallarmé’s chef d’œuvre as well as many of its historical and contemporary editions and appropriations by other  authors. Mallarmé’s arrangement of the poem on opposite pages turned each side into a compositional entity. Constellations of words on a spread and the interplay between the text fragments and the surrounding white—similar to the way a constellation of stars interacts  with the sky—was a metaphor explicitly used and introduced into literature by Mallarmé. His notion of “constellation”, for example, is connected to Ulises Carrión’s vision of a “new” book. “In the old art, to read the last page takes as much time as to read the first one./In the new art the reading rhythm changes, quickens, speeds up,” as he wrote in 1975. The richly illustrated book contextualizes the perception and appropriations  of Mallarmé’s masterpiece through critical essays written by the editor and leading scholars such as Annette Gilbert, Craig Dworkin, Luc Boltanski/Arnaud Esquerre, and Ryoko Sekiguchi.