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Swedish Counterculture

Puss. No. 1 (January 1968) through No. 24 (1973) together with the unnumbered Puss International (1969 or 1970) (all published).

A complete run in 25 issues of the Swedish underground satirical magazine created and edited by a group of visual artists including Lars Hillersberg, Åke Holmqvist, Leif Katz, Karl-Erik Liljeros, and Lena Svedberg, the content consisting of poems, songs, diatribes against politicians, travel journals, and graphic art and cartoons. Illustrated profusely throughout with satirical cartoons, sketches, comics, and photographs. Nos. 1-21 and Puss International 4to., nos. 22-24 small folio folded tabloid-style. Original illustrated stapled wrpps., nos. 1-21 and Puss International on thick paper stock, nos. 22-24 on newsprint, some minor scattered browning and soiling. Stockholm, 1968-1973.

According to 'A Cultural History of the Avant-Garde in the Nordic Countries 1950-1975' (Brill/Rodopi, 2016), the artists behind the publication of Puss "developed a brand of political satire that attacked establishment media and politics, and functioned as a self-critique of left-wing discourse...Characterized by an uninhibited satirical instinct that made the magazine a feisty antidote to hippie harmony-seeking and Scandinavian consensus culture, not only straight society with its plastic people, bourgeoisie and imperialists but also the reds, the bohemians and the hippies became targets in PUSS. With regard to visuality as well as editorial attitude, PUSS's political satire was clearly not a transparent critique but an aesthetic one." Scarce; as of March 2020, WorldCat only locates two holdings of this journal in North American libraries.

Book ID: 50639

Price: $2,500.00