isolarii are island books–points of orientation in a deteriorating world.
Every two months, you will receive isolarii by mail. Forewords and invitations are distributed by email.
IN THE FACE OF WAR
by Yevgenia Belorusets, Nikita Kadan, and Lesia Khomenko
In partnership with the Office of the President of Ukraine and the PinchukArtCentre
Timothy Snyder & Yuval Noah Harari and Nan Goldin
THE ARCHIPELAGO CONVERSATIONS
by Édouard Glissant and Hans Ulrich Obrist
Foreword by Trinh T. Minh-ha
by Robert Coover and Art Spiegelman
FROM THE EDITORS
The humanism of the past five hundred years is dead. Believing man was exceptional, it opened the abyss of extinction. A new approach is needed to re-enchant the world and establish the commonality of all life on Earth. This is not just the task of politics and philosophy. It requires the effort of all those who tear down convention in order to preserve what is meaningful. That is, the preservation not just of environments, but myth, irrationality, autonomy, and joy—whether by direct or poetic means. New islands—of thought, literature, art—are already emerging. We find these points of orientation, mapping a scattered community that spans continents and disciplines. To represent a world of many worlds, not a globe.
Our books revive the extinct genre of isolarii—the ‘island books’ that emerged at the start of the Renaissance. Bound together were poems, stories, and artworks—each a supposed island, a space that held a singular idea.
We take up this genre-bending format to navigate the turbulence of our times. Each book is a ready-to-hand island. Together, they are a growing archipelago. Islands from which to view the world anew.