Book of War Mortification and Love. "Why do we choose to suffer voluntarily? Why do we choose family life, a monk's cell or a blood-drenched battlefield? These essays on voluntary suffering took Dutch poet and journalist Ruud Linssen more than two years to complete. Herein Linssen links personal observations with historical and literary examples. As this book is also a type specimen for the typeface Fakir, it is set in this blackletter. And to stress the suffering: the book is printed in the author's blood. The special-edition is bound in calf's leather, the spine/back of the book is also the spine/back of the animal= and the title is burned into the leather. Extravaganza to the max."