“Epos” is a miniature book, that reduces 20 epic sagas to a bite size read. 3,200,000 words of literary classics are shrunk to just 1,820.

Inspired by books, and manuscripts found at the writer’s literary retreat in Crete, it was designed to encourage readers reacquaint themselves with the great texts. On average, it shrinks sagas like Homer’s Odyssey from around 120,000 to under 100 words.

The book’s purist cover is a minimalist translation of classical book design, reducing information to a simple title. Its minimalist design contrasts the maximalism of the contents to underpin the contradiction between big and small. The all-white embossed cover serves to create the essence of a treasured objet d’art. “Epos” was printed in 300 numbered copies, available at oddities bookstore Dolce publishing, Athens Greece, at the Villa in Crete, and through direct mail to visitors.

Creative direction: Marios Linakis

Art direction: Antonis Katsilis

Writers: Mary Kolonia, Marios Linakis

Printed by Dolce Publishing

Images © Konstantinos Pitsios

Clients: Villa Terra Creta, Chania, Crete