LiteraTarot Europa
22 Major Arcana cards
Created by 22 Artists + Cover Artist (see below)
Coordinators: Morena Poltronieri & Ernesto Fazioli
Theme: Tarot cards as inspired by literary classics
Text: Leaflet with descriptions in Italian
Card Size: (approximately) 4.75" H x 2.75" W, 7 x 12 cm
Specs: Limited edition of 300 numbered decks
A high quality printing on cardstock
Packaging: Book-style, tied with ribbons securely attached to back and front covers.
Box Cover Art Card by: Jessica Angiulli & Lucio Mondini
Card Backs: Reversible (the museum's standard design)
Published by Museo Dei Tarocchi - Hermatena in 2009
Cost: € 30.00 Euro + Italian Postage
*Special price for U.S. Customers Below


Description: This is collaborative deck by 22 European artists (mostly Italian). It has wonderfully imaginative interpretations and fantastic imagery. Each artist chose a work of literature or popular fiction (by Italian authors, as well as other countries) that inspired their interpretation of the card. Whenever possible and if necessary, an English translation of the artist's book choice is noted below along with any relevant additional information. The card title, book name and card number are displayed (in Italian or English) on the card. Many of the choices are profound, while others are startling or touching. The artwork which is very often exceptional, consists mainly of paintings, pen & ink, photography, collage or mosaic. The artistic styles are diverse and yet create a sense of cohesiveness within the deck. Some of the books chosen by the artists are recognizable as popular international works of fiction. Others, while less well known by non-Italians, sound intriguing and worth searching out. Each card was made specifically for this unique deck and the original artworks can be found in the lovely Museo dei Tarocchi, in Riola Italy. This is a gorgeous deck for collectors and those who are inspired by art decks though it may also work well for doing Majors only readings.

List of artists with their literature choices
(With additional notes in English and author's country of origin when available)


0 - Matto/Fool: Maria Grazia Martina - Rosso Malpelo by Giovanni Verga (Italian Novel)
I - Bagatto/Magician: Tiziana Bertacci - L’immortale di Borges (The Immortal by Jorge Luis Borges, writer and poet of Argentina)
II - Papessa/High Priestess: Emma Campo - Teodora di Paolo Cesaretti (Teodora - the Rise of an Empress, by Paul Cesaretti, Italy)
III - Imperatrice/Empress: Morena Poltronieri - Diario di Etty Illesum (Diary of Etty Illesum, a writer from the Netherlands who died in Auschwitz, November 1943)
IV - Imperatore/Emperor: Angela Maltoni - Cuore di tenebra di Conrad (Heart of Darkness, a novel by Joseph Conrad, published in 1899, Poland)
V - Papa/Hierophant: Pasquale Barile - Elogio alla Follia di Erasmo da Rotterdam (Praise to Madness by Erasmo of Rotterdam)
VI - Amanti/Lovers: Ernesto Fazioli - Cime Tempestose di Emily Bronte (Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte, 1847, England)
VII- Carro/Chariot: K. Frank Jensen - On the road di Jack Kerouac (On the Road by Jack Kerouac, published 1957, U.S.)
VIII - Giustizia/Justice: Gabriele Caroli - S.C.U.M. di Valerie Solanas (S.C.U.M. Manifesto by Valerie Solanas, 1968, U.S.)
VIIII - Eremita/Hermit: Andrea Franzoni - Rivolta contro il mondo moderno di Julius Evola (Revolt Against the Modern World by Julius Evola, original Italian edition published in 1934)
X - Ruota di Fortuna/Wheel of Fortune: Paolo Mattioli - Edipo Re di Sofocle (Edipo King of Sofocle, by Paolo Mattioli, Italy)
XI - Forza/Strength: Martino Barbieri - Shitao di François Cheng (Shitao - The Taste of the World, a book of art by François Cheng, 1642-1707)
XII - Appeso/Hanged One: Giovanni Pelosini - (Pinocchio by Carlo Collodi, 1883, Italy)
XIII - Morte/Death: Monia Perulli - Il Corvo di Edgar Allan Poe (The Raven by Edgar Allan Poe, 1845, U.S.)
XIV - Temperanza/Temperance: Adua Castellucci - Catalogo di Victor Brauner (Catalog by Victor Brauner, a Surreal artist born in 1903, Romania)
XV - Diavolo/Devil: Maria Distefano - Moby Dick di Melville (Moby Dick by Herman Melville, 1851, U.S.)
XVI - Torre/Tower: Giuliana Cusino - Molto forte, incredibilmente vicino di Jonathan Safran Foer (Very Strong, Incredibly Close, a novel about 9/11 by Jonathan S. Foer, U.S.)
XVII - Stelle/Stars: Octavia Monaco - Lo specchio e l'ombra di Giuseppe Barbieri (The Mirror and the Shadow by Giuseppe Barbers, Italy)
XVIII - Luna/Moon: Rita Frazzoni - Favole italiane di Italo Calvino (Italian Fairy Tales by Italo Calvino, Italy)
XIX - Sole/Sun: Silvia Tagliaferri - Sotto il sole giaguaro di Italo Calvino (Under the Jaguar Sun by Italo Calvino, published posthumously in 1986)
XX - Giudizio/Judgement: Giovanni Monti - Il deserto dei Tartari di Buzzati (The Tartar Steppe by Dino Buzzati, Italy, 1945. It was made into a film in 1976 called, The Desert of the Tartars)
XXI - Mondo/World: Ornella Lamberti - L'amore ai tempi del colera di Marquez (Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez, 1985, Spain)

LiteraTarot Europa

Read a review of this deck on Aeclectic Tarot by Bonnie Cehovet, CTGM.

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