The János Book by Alex Appella (trade edition)
Three continents. Two world wars. One family.
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By the age of 40, the Hungarian János Szenti has survived both world wars and has rebuilt his life in Córdoba, Argentina. Upon arriving to his new country, he keeps silent what Alex Appella’s grandfather─János’ brother─also kept silent when he immigrated to the USA in 1931. Unable to discover the truth, in 1994 a young Alex travels to Argentina to knock on János’ door with questions only he can answer. János is incorrigible and strict, Alex is free-spirited and determined. For the first time since escaping from Europe, János decides to reveal all that he has hidden from even his children and grandchildren. János is terrified of finally speaking, but he is even more fearful of what could be lost by his silence. “For me, to rebel is to remember and to pass on those memories.” Together, János and Alex─a most unlikely duo─embark on a mysterious journey through time and across continents. It is an odyssey that breathes life into, and transforms, all that János dare not take to the grave. 22 years in the making, The János Book illuminates a tragic past in a mesmerizing new format: frothing pages of layered collages that weave Alex’s documentation with János’ courageous testimony. “Life is like water,” Janos assures us. Flowing, expanding, seeking...insisting that this story not only be told, but that it be told in a revolutionary voice that enables the reader to do the same: Flow. Expand. Seek.
Historical Nonfiction. Memoir.
About The János Book (English trade edition):
8 x 10" / 25 x 20 cm.
92 pages, full color collage.
Behind the scenes:
The János Book originally came to life as an artist's book in 2006. This new English trade edition not only includes The János Letter as an epilogue, but it also comes with author's notes and an index that capture this 22 year odyssey.
See the Spanish trade edition here.