CARTOONS BY EVERT KARLSSON, TEXT BY STAFFAN HEIMERSON, MECKLER CORPORATION, 11 FERRY LANE WEST, WESTPORT, CT 06880; 1989.
The cartoons by Karlsson, who draws for Sweden's Aftonbladet, are great. The accompanying vignettes by Heimerson, a reporter for the same paper, are written in the style of one who knows enough English to order a Big Mac and fries, but whose attempts at jokes leave the reader mystified—Jacques Chirac: "The French premier is a Monsieur Hurry-Scurry who would like to point to some neo-liberal successes on his way to the president's office. Sells and privatizes." Perhaps it's Hallberg Hallmundsson, the translator, who can't even order the Big Mac. All the biggies are here: Bonzo and Gorby, Maggie and François, Yassir and Yitzhak, and, yes, even Vigdís Finnbogadóttir, described as Iceland's "Valkyrie in a Chanel suit."