New York: Calamus Books, 1977. Printed by Sequoyah Graphics, Oakland, California. Offset. 5 1⁄2 x 8 1⁄2 in. Perfect bound in illustrated wraps. First edition, second printing. Very good; mild edge wear to wraps, inside pages clean and tight. Item #5781
A landmark of queer counterculture literature, this fantasy tale tells of queers and their friends surviving under a brutal empire in decline, defining themselves and discovering meaning through play.
Occupying a space somewhere between speculative fiction and fable, The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions takes place in a dystopian empire called the Ramrod, which is crumbling before their eyes and the heteropatriarchal state is having trouble asserting control. As the Ramrod’s power expands and wanes, the faggots and their friends get by through rebellious energy percollating everyday life. Written in the post-Stonewall, pre-AIDS epidemic era, The Faggots & Their Friends Between Revolutions struck a deep truth in the queer community and still feels prophetic today. This is the self-published second printing of the first edition, released just a few months after the small first printing sold out. A third printing was released more than a decade later in 1988, and a new edition was recently reprinted in 2019 by Nightboat Books.
The early second printing of this recently republished gem of queer counterculture literature.