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BARBE BLEUE

Created especially for the book Georg Büchner—Revolutionär mit Feder und Skalpell Barbe Bleue is not a font, but a system of letters for individual use. It is inspired by the clean and straight cuts and carvings of a scalpel (Büchner’s very first publisher, Karl Gutzkow, used to describe the author’s techniques and intentions as “He’s doing autopsy”.)

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The name Barbe Bleue (Bluebeard) derives from the French tale of the same name. Combining German with French it mirrors Büchner’s life in both countries, with associations to three central themes in Büchner’s works: studies of fish (Barbe is barbel), folk tales (Büchner might have encountered the French tale La Barbe bleue during his stays in Strasbourg) and the mystery of murder (see Büchner’s Woyzeck).


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