Ken Kesey: One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest

Hollóka Grafikai Műhely / Graphic Design Studio

Budapest, Magyarország

The narrative takes place in a lunatic asylum. The patients are absolutely at the mercy of the oppressive system that governs the place and dominates them. It doesn’t serve their health and well-being; in fact quite the opposite it makes them even sicker and more vulnerable. Essentially the novel is a social commentary written in a surreal tone.

The whole story is tangled by different kinds of violence as a recurring theme. Many symbols are used to bond the character’s inner perceptions to the surrounding environment and to embody their fear and anxiety.

The concept of the cover reflects that symbolism. I have chosen two motifs that have parallel interpretations. One of them is the nest from the title and the other one is the barbed wire that is constantly present in the life of the patients. It also can be associated with a crown of thorns which could represent the hero’s sacrifice. I intended to illustrate the subtle tone of the writing with a tinge of aggression. I have picked a striking color in order to express what a moving book this is.