writer · book artist
Honest Man's Cargo
by Alex Appella
A collage novel.
15 x 21 cms.
Japanese Stab Binding, inverted covers.
An Honest Man's Cargo:
This book tells of our adventures with Carlos, a truck driver who picked up Magu and I while hitchhiking in Mexico in 1998.
We traveled with him for three days.
A journey through existence itself.
From the inside.
From the outside.
The culmination of the adventure is revealed through a collage that folds out much larger than the book's actual size.
I consider this to be my first artist's book. I wrote and bound it while living on a sail boat in Alaska. (Keeping all the components dry was a monumental challenge.) It is the book that initiated my preference for telling stories through the intertwining of text, collage and movable parts.