Item #4830 General Bussig. Åke Hodell.
General Bussig
General Bussig

General Bussig

Stockholm, Sweden: Rabén & Sjögren, 1964. Softcover in red wraps. Offset. Perfect bound. 33 pp. Text in Swedish. 7 ¼ x 9 ¾ in. Very good. . Item #4830

Book of concrete poetry by one of the central figures of the 1960s Swedish avant-garde. 

Poet and composer Åke Hodell (1919–2000) was a key figure among the experimental writers and visual artists in 1960s Sweden and one of the first Swedish practitioners of concrete poetry. Trained as a fighter pilot, after surviving a crash, he spent an extensive period recovering in a hospital. He regained his health, but the ordeal led him to become a staunch anti-militarist, and his work took on a strongly political and anti-authoritarian tone. His writing often features the language of flight controls, sounds, radar screens, secret codes and engines related to aviation.

One of Hodell’s most important works of concrete poetry, General Bussig presents a critique of a new training model adopted by the Swedish military in the 1950s whereby officers sought to win the trust of their recruits in order to create obedient soldiers. Originally a sound piece in Hodell’s exhibition Svisch, a traveling multimedia show that opened at the Museum of Modern Art in Stockholm, it caught the attention of the large publishing company Rabén & Sjögren, which mainly published youth literature. General Bussig saw wider distribution than Hodell’s other works published on his own Kerberos imprint. .

Price: $200.00