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German Counterculture

Nr. 1, comic Reich strip ["der Sinn der Vergesellschaftung des Menschen ist, die Befriedigung des Hungers und der Liebe zu erleichtern. (W. Reich)"].

[West Berlin?], ca. 1970. Square octavo (14 × 14 cm). Original staple-stitched blue printed wrappers; [24] pp. of text and image, combining reproduced typescript with ten full-page pornographic photographs. Very good.

Scarce pamphlet containing an accessible introduction to questions of capitalism, alienated labor, and sexual repression, as well as criticism of sex as a consumer good and patriarchal social structures, interspersed with full-page reproductions of pornographic images, including women performing fellatio and nude women carrying out domestic tasks. In a somewhat circular logic, the text simultaneously indicts and defends the consumerist attitude toward sex, suggesting pornography as the best form of "ersatz-satisfaction." As the title suggests, the pamphlet suggests the widespread preoccupation with the work of Wilhelm Reich, whose works are endorsed on the final page. Interestingly, the publisher recommends purchasing pirated editions rather than the official commercial publication by Kiepenheuer & Witsch. As of July 2020, KVK and OCLC show two copies worldwide, at Württembergische Landesbibliothek and Lausanne.

Book ID: 50873

Price: $100.00