Richard Towers is the pseudonym of Martinho Torres, born in 1974. He is a Portuguese writer and started a revolution on the publishing market by inventing the Object-Book. In 2010, the clock-book “Tempo” was released; in 2011, the mirror-book “Reflexions” reached the stores and, in 2012, the chess-book “The Challenge” was his third object-book to know the light of the day. Richard Towers won several prizes and was recognized for his work – the famous Portuguese magazine “Notícias Magazine” rated him has one of the most ingenious Portuguese and the TV show “The Next Big Idea” gave prominence to his work:
The Object-Book Project
How did you come up with the idea?
This project started with a CD-Book, something common on the market, so I upgraded it and created the
clock-book “Tempo”, the first object-book that I published. It was back in 2011 and, since, then, I've
been promoting this project, an unique look at books, literature and art. The process of writing is quite
simple: the content is based on the object, so I know that the story for the clock-book must move around the
clock - Time is the theme. So it was for the mirror-book “Reflexions”, that tells the story of a man looking
himself at the mirror and asking “Who am I?”; and so it was also for the chess-book “The Challenge”, the
story of Karpin, an unbeatable chess player who is challenged to face the best player in history - an unknown
and mysterious player who leads him to insanity.
Do you see yourself as a writer, artist, or both?
I see myself essentially as an artist. I’m a musician too, so Art is part of my life since forever. Before I
became a writer, I was a Portuguese teacher, so writing was only part of the process of creating. The stories
I build are quite strange and contemporary - I look at the object in a different perspective, and life is all
about perspective: the same event is seen by different eyes and interpreted in different ways, but, as long as
you see the truth, everything will fit in. It depends on the truth you want to see…
How do you mass produce or is each a work of art in an of itself?
These books are mass produced, so they can be sold in any bookstore. Actually, they are sold here in
Portugal and it’s a huge discovery for the book lovers. Imagine that someone bought my clock-book and,
when the battery went down, he immediately asked for a new book because he was missing the clock ticking
in his room. People get affectuous to the object, the way it works and how it fills their need for different
Here are some photos/pictures of the books and how they work:
1. The frame to insert the book
2. Half of the book inside the frame
3. The bump on the edge of the frame
4. All the books inside the frames and hung on the wall
5. A masterpiece that makes us go round the clock with is turbulent narrative
6. The clock-book works with an AG13 battery
7. It can be hung on the wall
8. The mirror-book has a real mirror cover
9. It can be hung and has a passe-partout
10. The chess-book and his luxurious package: wood box with golden lettering
11. The cover is the chessboard
12. The chess-book "The Challenge" includes the whole set (32 wood chess pieces) to play on the chessboard cover of the book
And this is only the beginning of a promising and successful path...
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