Portfolio of Margus Tamm

Wanradt-Koell Catechism

Twisted children's stories, in the book about the book which does not exist.

Name of the book is the name of an actually published medieval catechism, which is not preserved as the whole volume was destroyed by the council's order. Yet this catechism possesses a remarkable cultural presence as it was presumably the first Estonian-language text ever printed.
A pseudo-facsimile design plays the idea about the book which cannot be actually present and can only be represented.

Text on book's cover:

I took Wanradt-Koell Catechism off the shelf and gave it to Rulla.
Rulla sniffed it: “Why was this book destroyed?”
“Because it was a bad book.”
“But how can that book be here when it does not exist?”
“I don’t have a good answer for that, son. Some questions just don’t have good answers.”


Stories: Peeter Sauter
Illustrations: Mihkel Kleis

Awards: Best Designed Estonian Booka award