Petra Börner illustration & Gruppen / by Petra Borner


Petra Börner creates the artwork for the book cover of Gruppen, the Swedish edition of Mary McCarthy's classic novel. Cut in layers of paper the illustration capture the daisy- chain intrigues between the characters set within an abstracted city-scape. 

When the novel was first published in 1963, The Group rapidly became a book that everyone read without wanting to admit it. Its frank descriptions of sex, contraception and breast-feeding as they affected a group of eight female graduates in 1930s America caused such a scandal that the novel was banned in Australia as an offence to public morals.

Cover Design by Daniel Sandström, Published by Albert Bonniers Förlag