Rare first edition of the confrontational and abrasive collaboration between two founding members of the Situationist International.
"In the combinations of its found, scavenged, or stolen materials, Mémoires affirms that everything needed to say whatever one might want to say is already present, accessible to anyone; the book defines a project, and tells a story."<br />(Greil Marcus)
A fragmentary collage of snippets and hints and half-lines, photographs and comic strip panels, vigorously detourned and spirited out of their old context into a new one of Debord's own designing. Jorn's colored ink splotches overlay the borrowed elements, drawing connecting lines between some words and images, nearly obliterating others. The violent cutting-out and cutting-up of the textual appropriator mirrors the famous sandpaper cover of the first edition – the printer's own idea – designed to leave its mark on every other book it touches, and on the fingertips of every reader. "The book speaks secret languages made out of the words and pictures everyone already knows," wrote Greil Marcus; "turning a page is like waking from a dream or falling into one." An uncommonly well-kept example of perhaps the quintessential Situationist publication.
Read more: Marcus, "Guy Debord's Mémoires: A Situationist Primer," in Sussman, On the passage of a few people through a rather brief moment in time: The Situationist International 1957-1977.
(Copenhagen): L'Internationale Situationiste, (1959). 11'' x 8.25''. White card wrappers housed in original Viks Grade 2 sandpaper jacket. Printed by Permild & Rosengreen. Offset lithographs.  pages. Spine ends lightly worn.
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