‘Pale Fire’ by Vladimir Nabokov in 1962. The story is presented as a 999 line poem written by fictional poet John Shade. The novel explores life, death, the afterlife and creativity in four separate sections, or ‘cantos’ as they are referred to in the book. The canto that was used for this project was canto 3, which focuses on exploring the afterlife.
This was an exercise in presenting information to the reader in such a way that mirrors the disorientation and confusion that John Shade is experiencing. The layout of the publication is not conventional and is never the same on each page, keeping the reader engaged as well as disorienting them. There are also moments of clarity throughout the publication with simple layout. The publication attempts to make the reader empathise with John Shade not only through the words chosen by Nabokov but also through how those words are presented on the page.