Basel: Romano Hänni, 2017. Hardcover. Number 64 of 87 copies of the standard edition. The text is in German, English, and Japanese. Master book artist Hanni has long been passionately speaking out through some of his books about the devastating effects of contamination from nuclear facilities. This powerful work is about the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan in 2011 that occurred after a severe earthquake and its accompanying tsunami. It was the most significant nuclear incident since the 1986 Chernobyl disaster. He writes in the text appearing on the inside of the book's stiff paper covers that claims made by nuclear scientists "that no health consequences are to be expected from contamination are unscientific, immoral, and criminal." He further states that "there is no peaceful use for nuclear energy. It is repressive, criminal and deadly. Only nuclear plants that have not been built can offer absolutely safety." Hänni writes much more to detail what happened and the dire effects. He believes that the catastrophe in Fukushima is a "disaster beyond human imagination in both time and scope." The title comes from parts of the text where Hänni writes about the many people permanently displaced in order to escape the contamination resulting from the disaster. The book itself is printed in five colors on paper towels, an innovative technique that Hänni has successfully used in a previous work. On the pages small selections of text are juxtaposed with letters, images, and symbols to communicate the event and its aftermath. The results are stunning and thought-provoking. Hand composed and hand printed letterpress. Most of the pages required several printing forms and runs. Books are handbound. The production took about 1400 hours to complete. Housed in a grey paper covered slipcase with title in the three languages on a white spine. The book is accompanied by a glossy 12-page color pamphlet with 108 photographs documenting the production process. Book has 64 unnumbered pages. 9.25 x 10.25 inches. In fine condition. PRI/101017. fine.
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