Fríða Ísberg, Kláði (Partus, 2018). 200-page hardback with dustjacket. Azure endpapers with matching head/tail bands. Printed lithographically, with gold foil lettering on the spine. 230 x 148 mm.
Klaði (‘Itch’) is a collection of short stories by the Icelandic writer Fríða Ísberg. The hand-lettering suggests human intervention, as though the illustration beneath is vandalised. This urgent but casual act of self-expression hints at the stories’ concern with identity and existential angst. The Icelandic national newspaper placed this cover in the top three book designs of 2018.