Sem Regresso (There’s no coming back) is a book written by Miguel Babo. Made up from eight short stories, it focuses on the relation between time, life, and consequences. The art direction reflects a look and feel reminiscent of old illustrated anatomy books. As a touch of dark humor, the shape of the book itself plays with the shape of a headstone, symbolizing life’s point of no return. The idea was to take some weight off from the almost fatal tone of writing and to give the book the essence of a “stand alone” piece that you can show on your book shelf or on your coffee table. The book is very small, almost pocket size, and the paper used is over 120g/m² which makes it almost impossible to close, transforming it into a standing object.
Miguel’s prelude is: Life is made on a path of no return. Time obliges us to have a single meaning, a fatality common to all men, of all conditions and of all times. But life is not just the present, and those who were, are not just those who passed, they continue in us and in the eternal inheritance of humanity, no one is left behind.