The Most Beautiful Czech books 2013
**The Most Beautiful Czech books 2013**
The imprint of a book is not like the credits of a Hollywood blockbuster. Even
so, there tends to be an average of fifteen to thirty names listed under the
creation of the book. People often leave the cinema before the end credits
finish rolling. Likewise, the ordinary reader does not examine the book’s
imprint in detail. The truth is that it is examined most closely by those who
contributed to the creation of the book. They check to make sure their name
hasn’t been misspelled or even completely missed out for some reason. Seeing
one’s name printed in black and white is always pleasing to the human ego.
However, if you are unable to imagine the specific person behind the name, and
what he does in his professional and personal life, then for you names in an
imprint are little more than random clusters of letters. The Most Beautiful
Books catalogue is essentially a publication made up of imprints from all the
winning books. For the layman it is just as engaging reading as the results of
a race on which he didn’t bet.
By including in the catalogue a series of interviews with people who have
actively contributed in various ways to the creation of the winning books or
to the competition’s decision-making process, the aim is to remove the
anonymity from the austere text of this list of results. The primary objective
was not to convey the views of the winners but rather something of the
authentic atmosphere of the community “around books”. That is why the people
to take part in each of the six interviews were selected according to their
professions from across the imprints of the winning books.