Literary Braids

A full-size image example
Ever wondered what character interactions would look like?
Come down the rabbit hole:

Braid of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We see in a beautiful and clear way how Alice jumps from one character to another. Click on the text to enlarge.

About the braids

Sometimes I think of characters as strings in time, entangling together as they interact with each other. Literary Braids is that idea made real.

Given a literary work, my computer program traces the interactions between characters. Then I feed it colours to compose these beautiful patterns.

Once I developed this, I continued thinking of other kinds of visualizing the information enclosed in a book. Here you have some more examples.

Just a summary of the interactions in Alice

Another graph: evolution of the frequencies of mention for each character in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland. We can quickly see when each character appears and its importance in every moment.

More braids

  1. The Old Man and the Sea, by Ernest Hemingway
  2. The Unbearable Lightness of Being, by Milan Kundera.
  3. We see how the author focus in a couple of characters during considerable lengths of the book.
  4. A colourful one: The Man Who Was Thursday, by G. K. Chesterton.
  5. I'm quite fond of this one: love the way Thursday guides the novel and the omnipresence of Sunday.
  6. An example of a book in which you get lost in the braid: Then There Where None, by Agatha Christie.
  7. The interactions are so intrincate you can't see a thing.
  8. La casa de Bernarda Alba, by Federico Garcia Lorca

How to order one

Please don’t hesitate to contact me at ismaelmedinasuarez@gmail.com if you wish to order a braid of a particular book.