Château Cramirat Collection

Noir Fiction book cover design!

From our Château Cramirat collection, we proudly present these beautiful dust jacket designs of several Noir Fiction books.

Noir, meaning Black in French, is linked with film and literature that represent cultural modernism by applying stylistic themes of industrialization, urbanism, brutality, alienation, and the psychological nuances of disillusionment and despair.

As a sub-category of modern crime and detective fiction, it’s fascinating to consider how the Polish designers in our collection cast a quirky, surreal spell on their Noir Fiction imagery. A deadly trigger becomes an eye, and perfectly manicured hands resemble a spider tippy-toeing over bubbly typography that’s about to fall off the page. Closed to Western influences under decades of Communist censorship, the iconic Polish aesthetics remained original, expressive, and very bold, full of symbolism that seems to balance a harsh reality with poetic metaphors.

The Château Cramirat Collection is a treasure trove of art and design housed in a 12th-century Templar landmark in the Valley of Mankind, Périgord, France.

Dan Alexnader Chateau Cramirat collection noir books

Caird, Janet; Wallis, Andrew (dust jacket). Murder Reflected. London: Geoffrey Bles, 1965.


Caird, Janet; Keefe, Korin (dust jacket). Murder Scholastic. Ace Books, 1967.


Dan Alexnader Chateau Cramirat collection noir books
Dan Alexnader Chateau Cramirat collection noir books

Mrożek, Sławomir; Darowska, Zofia (dust jacket). Opowiadania (Stories). Krakow: Wydawnictwo Literackie, 1964.


Niziurski, Edmund; Rosocha, Wiesław (dust jacket). Przytan Eskulapa (Aesculapius Harbor). Warsaw: Wydawnictwo Ministerstwa Obrony Narodowej, 1958.


Dan Alexnader Chateau Cramirat collection noir books
Dan Alexnader Chateau Cramirat collection noir books

Hammet, Dashiell; Rosocha, Wiesław (dust jacket). Dziewcyna o Srebrnych Oczach (A Girl with Silver Eyes). Warsaw: Iskry, 1988.


Hammett, Dashiell; Rosocha, Wiesław (dust jacket). Dwie Martwe Chinki (Dead Yellow Women). Warsaw: Iskry, 1987.

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