Battles Vol. 1, Francesco Pedraglio
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Pedraglio’s second book with Book Works takes battles as a story-telling frame to focus on the small details and absurdities that characterise almost all of historical events and end up changing the course of their action. Mixed into the historical stories are personal accounts, trivial and idiosyncratic events that become elevated to the same status as those that affect history.
Each story comes with a drawing, a ‘potential stage’ for re-enacting the battle. Each story could be read as a script for a performance. Each performance could restage a battle, or simply a moment of everyday life that takes on, in that moment, the significance of a battle.