Komma (After Dalton Trumbo’s Johnny Got His Gun) Special Edition

A modified facsimile of the original book’s first edition, the project re-imagines Trumbo’s novel, Johnny Got His Gun, through its syntactical idiosyncrasy: the omission of all commas. The word “comma’ is derived from the Greek komma, meaning “something cut off,” reflecting eerily on the plight of the fictional protagonist Johnny—a young American soldier who has been brutally mutilated as a result of combat. The artist commissioned a proofreader to add commas to the text according to the Chicago Style Manual, then removed the text leaving only the commas.

By Antonia Hirsch, with essays by Maria Muhle, Kristina Lee Podesva, published by Fillip, 2010.

2010
signed book, silver foil stamped cover
14 x 20.3 cm 316 pages + 16-page pamphlet, hardcover
Edition Size
  • 10
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