The purpose of the edition “I want to be …” is to explore children’s dreams and create a creative basis for their further development and implementation.
The first book of this edition “Horses” (or “a manual on how to become a real cowgirl”) examines the interest of the author, Nina Prlja, for horseback riding and horses, her commitment, internal struggle and her results achieved in this field, with a focus on love of drawing and horses. These two major interests of her are joined in a creative product that is interesting to read for the younger and the adult population as well.
Horses (a manual on how to become a real cowgirl)
2013 Umbrella Without a Hand To Carry It
ilustr., 17 cm
In this fiction you will find a vivisection of every-day’s frenetic electronic life, which pushes people in the virtual world, failing to experience the trip into their own world, from which they can come up with a handful of creative ideas.
The book felt like a “drop” from the universal mind, which floats freely and takes all forms and shapes and wittily looks through different prisms: corporal, intellectual, psychological, social, physical and metaphysical, relativistic etc., but however, the essence remains the same – unchanged and eternal quest for the truth about life and interpersonal relations.
On the one hand it reflects the free fall of the civilization in this moment, that rushes irretrievable into immeasurably deep abyss of existential vacuum, to which Viktor Frankl was referring to. And from there comes the emptiness of our lives – par exellence!
But on the other hand these golden letters written by the dust of realism remind us of the words of Rabindranath Tagore: “Fate didn’t rob us completely!”
Dr. Maria Arsovska
2010 News From the Unconscious
Fake News and Short Stories
Illustr., 17 cm
In 2005 the author published the collection of fictional news in the form of a newspaper, titled “News From Wonderland.” The author continues this series of fictitious news with the publications “Money Kills” (2006) and “News From My Grandma’s Basement” (2007).
The book “News From the Unconscious” released in 2010 is the sum of the publications previously published in the form of fictitious newspapers, complemented by 4th edition collected and published as a book for the first time.
It is a collection of fictional news, short stories, imaginary biographies of celebrities in a satirical and humorous way. Dominant is the game between fact and fiction. The impact of the satirical magazine “Onion” is obvious, but the book does not stop there. Instead, it goes beyond satire of local and global news and political and social situations. Deconstruction of “truth” becomes the main topic of work that tends to prove that truth in the modern world is a term and concept that is easily manipulated, and the commercial and consumeristic way of thinking and living are the main areas of criticism. Social engagement is the main occupation of these publications and it is an extension of satire and humor, and the endeavor to bring artistic discourse in the journalistic genre and the genre of the book as one of the main elements of the book.
2015 Letters, In a Word!
Illustrations: Nina Prlja
“Letters, In a Word!” is a result of the cooperation between Kapka and Nina Prlja and is an attempt to create an original and unusual game of words and as well to visualize them. Each term can have different meanings depending on how one sees its structure, internal, external, depending on the age of the “reader”, his knowledge, origin and, ultimately, openness to accepting new ideas and concepts. This book is an experiment and a call for further experimentation by the readers, who can discover new and hidden meanings of words by themselves.
2015 (Un)finished Stories
Stories and illustrations
Text: Ivan Prlja
Illustrations: Nina Prlja
60 p. / 11 cm
“(Un)finished Stories” is a joint effort of Ivan Prlja (2010) and Nina Prlja (2005) in which Ivan begins an anecdote, a comment or a view of the world, and Nina visualizes its logical end or poses a question in a visual form which the reader should decipher.
This is the first creative engagement of Ivan Prlja. Nina Prlja has participated as the author or co-author in the making of the books “Coloured stories” (Goten, 2013), “An Alphabet Goes to a Graduation Party” (Kapka, 2014) and “Letters, in a word!” (Kapka, 2015).
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Letters, In a Word!
Fake news and short-stories
Collections of fake news, short stories, imaginary biographies of celebrities in a satirical and humorous manner. The play between fact and fiction is a dominant theme. The impact of the satirical magazine “Onion” is obvious, but these nespapers go further than satirysizing local and global news, political events and social issues.
Deconstruction of the “truth” becomes the main theme of these newspapers that tend to prove theat the truth in the modern world is a term and concept easily manipulated, and commercial and consumeristic way of thinking and living are the main areas of criticism. Social engagement is important issue in these publications and is an extension of the satire and humor. It’s an endeavor to bring artistic discourse in journalistic genre.
2009 Dossier: Planet X
“Secret documents from the private life of the planets”
ilustr., 21 cm
Books from the AstroGnome edition are not scientific documents, their idea is not to be exact, nor they contain physical formulas. Rather, the idea is to play between fact and fiction to create something that is called “faction” or, as the author prefers, educational prose.
The topic of the first three books is the macroworld and the astronomy, while the fourth book is dealing with the microworld.
The author semantizes and breaks all the meanings, all the phrases and all the elements of narration, then resemanticizes them. In that process, he constantly mixes disparate concepts. Mostly in the field of popular culture and modern communications, but in that playfulness, there are many intellectualisms, in his own way style.
2003 Something for Everyone, Nothing for Someone
Illustr., 17 cm
If you say that his stories are postmodern or that they emerge from under the large coat of Danil Harms – you are right. If you declare minimalism, compactness, simplicity, fairy tale style and subtle humor as main points of his poetics – you will be also right.
But it is interesting that in Prlja’s literature – as in any other good literature – meanings are not exhausted just like that. As David Albahari said: “What the story knows, we will never find out.”
Font # 1 Nina
Font made from the handwriting of Nina Prlja (8 years old) and used in the design of the book “An Alphabet Goes to a Graduation Party” published by Kapka, 2014.