Collectors can rejoice. A limited edition narrative poster of Life of Pi, signed by its author, Yann Martel, is now available on sale at Mumbai’s lifestyle furniture store, Anemos. The poster, created by graphic artists who are called The Narrator, tells the entire story, and will be put up on sale on January 18 along with other posters. “Martel signed just 50 such narrative posters, two of which are available with us. It’s a prized collection,” says Reshma Jain, who brought these posters to India.
Jain first got to know about narrative posters when a friend from Berlin gifted her a narrative poster as a house-warming gift. “All the guests were amazed to see the poster. The idea of putting an entire book into a poster not exceeding the size of 119x84 cm seems impossible and at the same time is magnificent,” she adds.
After witnessing the enthusiastic reception to the narrative poster in her living room, Jain decided to bring some of them, a total of 100, to India. “We were test-driving the idea, but the response was amazing. Already, we have sold 60 of them, the remaining 40 will go on sale at Anemos from January 18,” she adds.
Booked on canvas
The posters are available for anywhere between `12,500 to `30,000 depending on the popularity of the book or the character. The text flows on the canvas leaving some white space, the negative and positive spaces are shaped such that it creates a popular character from the book. So, you can choose from the story of Peter Pan that runs in a silhouette of Peter Pan along with the fairy Tinker Bell, a poster of Dracula with a white space shaped like a heart or JK Rowling’s Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone among others.
“We are now working on creating posters on religious texts including the Shreemad Bhagwad Gita, Quran, the Ramayana and several other texts,” adds Jain. The posters are available in two sizes: 100 cm x 70 cms and 84 cm x 119 cm. These are available in frames as well as without frames. “The framed copies come with a hand lens to make reading easier,” she says.