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Published November 11, 2022 Updated August 23, 2023

Politisk Tarot

Swedish politicians caricatured by Dan Glimne in a set of Tarot trumps.

1997 Sweden Roland Offset Dan Glimne Gideon Salutskij Political Satire Tarot Add to Collection

Dan Glimne, who came up with the idea for and designed this pack, is a well-known Swedish games expert and designer of games who has himself been a candidate for Sweden’s Moderate Party. To quote from a letter received from Dan in April 1997, “I came up with the idea as a gimmick before the annual national convention of the Moderate Party here, and of course the illustrations contain various elegant ironical allusions concerning the ruling party here”. That ruling party was the Swedish Social Democratic Party which had won the general election in 1994. The date 1998 on the sleeve refers to the next general election. Gideon Salutskij executed the black-and-white illustrations. The print run was just 959 copies. See the box

Political Tarot, idea and design by Dan Glimne, illustrations by Gideon Salutskij. Printed by Roland Offset, Linköping, Sweden, 1997 Political Tarot, idea and design by Dan Glimne, illustrations by Gideon Salutskij. Printed by Roland Offset, Linköping, Sweden, 1997 Political Tarot, idea and design by Dan Glimne, illustrations by Gideon Salutskij. Printed by Roland Offset, Linköping, Sweden, 1997 Political Tarot, idea and design by Dan Glimne, illustrations by Gideon Salutskij. Printed by Roland Offset, Linköping, Sweden, 1997

Above: Political Tarot, idea and design by Dan Glimne, illustrations by Gideon Salutskij. Printed by Roland Offset, Linköping, Sweden, 1997. 22 cards + 2 extra cards (double-sided, with text in Swedish) in cardboard sleeve. Size: 60 x 145 mm. Limited edition of 959 copies. Copyright ©1997 Moderaterna i Östergötland.

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