Sunday, 23 February 2014

How To Say 'I Love You' In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet


Campbell, Nancy 
How To Say 'I Love You' In Greenlandic: An Arctic Alphabet
This alphabet book serves as an introduction to the evocative Kalaallisut language. All 12 initial letters of the Greenlandic alphabet are represented with words ranging from akunagaa (‘it is too late to begin’) to unnuarpoq (‘there is no night any longer’). These words and their English definitions are accompanied by a series of pochoir prints depicting icebergs. As in contemporary Arctic life, the denouement of the sequence is caused by the disappearance of the ice. The alphabet is accompanied by a short essay highlighting the issues faced by speakers of Kalaallisut, which was declared ‘vulnerable’ by UNESCO in 2009.
Bird Editions: Oxford, 2011
18 pages, in designer binding by Natasha Herman of Red Bone Bindery. Letterpress printed, with pochoir illustration, in an edition limited to 50 copies signed and numbered by the author.
(£450)

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