Text by Nikolai Gogol. Photographs by Sarah Dobai.
Hardback 88 pages  29 × 21.5 cm
ISBN: 978-1-909829-03-9

The Overcoat is a solo commission by Sarah Dobai for publishers Four Corners Books. The darkly humorous short novel by Nicolai Gogol (1842) tells of the life of a lowly and impoverished government clerk whose existence is briefly transformed by a new coat. For this new publication of the story Sarah Dobai has produced a body of new photographic works that picture commercial vitrines in London and Paris. The photographs consider these displays as a form of vernacular picture making, the glassed in rectangle referring back to the medium of photography itself. Shot mainly on location with a large-format film camera, the images become a reflection on the status of the commodity both in the text and on the streets of the city.

The Overcoat is tenth in Four Corners Book’s Artist’s Familiars Series, which feature artists’ responses to classic novels and short stories. Each book in the series is different in style and format according to the needs of the artwork and the text. Four Corners Books Artists Familiar Series has been critically acclaimed for their rigor, conceptual risk-taking and attention to detail in the field of artists’ publishing.

Other books in the series include:  Heart of Darkness with Fiona Banner, The Canterbury Tales with Marvin Gaye Chetwynd, Vanity Fair with Donald Urquhart
 and Madame Bovary with Marc Camille Chaimowicz

Designed by John Morgan Studio in collaboration with the artist.
Printed in Italy by Verona Libri.
Initial print run: 2,000

Released in UK April 2015. Released in US September 2015
Distributed by Art Data in UK & Europe
Distributed by Distributed Art Publishers in US