Nadja is an autobiographical love story between the author and a young woman in Paris in the 20s. The story is written in a surreal code, in a first reading is difficult to understand, to emphasize that the text is printed on gray (Garamond). Later, in the 60s, Breton, advised by friends and readers, included some footnotes that make the story more understandable, these notes are written in a bold typeface, the one used in the Paris subway at that time, (Univers) to highlight the fact footnotes are what make the history comprehensible. The cover design follows the same concept.
The city of Paris is the entire history scenario, some images of the city are printed on cotton paper and interspersed in the book, these are almost transparent and blend in the story.
Finally, the book includes an insert in gray paper with some illustrations of Nadja, who we later discover is a patient of the Vaucluse madhouse, that’s why gray is present throughout the book, to emphasize the status of sadness and depression experienced by Nadja.