Linguaggio è guerra / Language is war / a cura di Filiberto Menna / ideologia 1.
(Rome): (Massimo Marani Editore), (1975).
8vo (235 × 167 mm), pp.. 117 black-and-white photographs. Texts by Menna and Mauri; light spotting to edges, minor production crease to several leaves. Black and white printed card wrappers; spotting and light soiling to spine and spine-folds and to fore-edge, very minor wear to extremities. Small historic price sticker to rear. An excellent copy.
First edition. Fabio Mauri was an artist, writer, and playwright whose work was primarily concerned with the ideology of World War II and the recovery of historical memory. In 1968 he co-founded the journal Quindici with Umberto Eco, Edoardo Sanguineti and other members of the Italian neoavanguardia, and In 1976 founded another journal called Città di Riga with Maurizio Calvesi and Jannis Kounellis.
Linguaggio è guerra is made up of reproductions of photographs taken from magazines, journals, and other sources. They include many from World War II and its aftermath, and also more contemporary events such as the terrorist attacks at the 1972 Munich Olympics. Each image has been cropped by the artist and has been rubber-stamped with the inscription Language is War which remains only partly visible on each page.
Liliana Dematteis and Giorgio Maffei, Libri d’artista in Italia: 1960-1998 (1690).