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The Wheel of Fortune


David Maroto


The Wheel of Fortune


David Maroto





Graphic designer

Yorit Kluitman

Number of pages


Book size

13 x 20 cm



This publication has been made possible with the financial support of Centrum Beeldende Kunst Rotterdam and Mondriaan Fund. 

366 grms 


Date of release: October 2014

Part story, part game, this is a book with a difference – one in which the reader becomes the protagonist. Inspired by Marcel Proust's In Search of Lost Time and Fyodor Dostoyevsky's The Gambler, the action is set in a hotel casino on the coast of Normandy. The Wheel of Fortune recovers the 'Choose Your Own Adventure' gamebook – very popular in the early 1990s, right before the advent of the Internet. 

You, the reader, are responsible for the protagonist's vicissitudes. The narrative changes according to your decisions, the actions you carry out and your interaction with other characters inside the book. Sometimes you will need to try your luck to decide on different situations and to play the games that are offered in the story, like French roulette and . . . Russian roulette. Death, chance, desire and arcane knowledge will unfold as you explore the multiple narrative paths and the unknown that lies ahead.

David Maroto is a Spanish visual artist based in the Netherlands. He has created art projects in the form of games (Disillusion) and novels (Illusion). In 2011 he spent a residency in ISCP New York, where he met curator Joanna Zielinska and begun their collaboration in The Book Lovers, a long-term project focused on artist novels with the support of a number of international art institutions. Maroto holds an MFA degree from the Dutch Art Institute and is currently carrying out a PhD in Edinburgh College of Art.