Πως να κλέψεις ένα βιβλίο

This is the Greek edition of the artists’ book “How to shoplift books” by David Horvitz: a guide on how to steal books. It details 80 ways in which one can steal a book, from the very practical, to the witty, imaginative, and romantic.

“Hide the book inside a fake rock.”

This textbook is readable, but also shamelessly draws attention to its existence as an object, a conversation starter, a thing that can be acquired by fair means or foul. This is a book that turns a point of sale display into an intellectual and ethical adventure.

The work is romantic and anachronistic: as our primary source for buying books becomes impersonal online shops (that pretend to deliver a personal experience) it is almost impossible to spontaneously steal anything, and the act of disobedience becomes a story of the past. Horvitz’ compendium of delightfully written performance instructions is a collection of modern culture scripts and is, so to speak, writing history.

“Cook up some garlic in olive oil in the store. Exit with the book while everyone is caught in the ecstasy of the aroma.”[publisher's note]

Greek Translation with Phenomenon 

Published by Taube / Phenomenon, 2019
Artists' Books

Price: 9.99€

HORVITZ, David - Πως να κλέψεις ένα βιβλίο