Author: Gérard Farasse (1945 - 2014)
Typography: François Da Ros
Artist: Martine Rassineux 1955
A tribute to the pig
Two years previously, the poet Gérard Farasse had written the essay Rose goret (Pink piglet) about the role of the pig in mythology and folklore. The book was published by Anakatabase in an edition of 15 copies. The etchings were done by artist Martine Rassineux. Her husband, printer François Da Ros, set the text in Franklin, Dattilo and Rolando typefaces. While all the quotations were in black, the narrative was in silver. The whole execution of the book amounted to a tribute to the pig: rather than being made of paper, the pages were made of pig’s leather dyed red and the book was stored in a wooden chestnut box fabricated by Da Ros himself, the handles of which put one in mind of pig’s ears. Somehow the interface between ugliness and humour had been found. In the back of the box are two long strokes of red pig’s leather that are decorated with seven images of happy-looking pigs. They have the softness of meat. Beneath is hidden the image of a pig’s snout on a gilded plate. This homage to the animal has a reflecting surface so that when the reader looks at it he sees his own face reflected around the creature’s snout.