Swastika Night.London, Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1937 Stock Code: 137494
NotesFirst edition, first impression. Written under the pseudonym Murray Constantine by British writer Katharine Burdekin, the novel takes place in a fascist dystopia where the Nazis and the Empire of Japan have conquered the world, described by John Clute as "a scathing feminist anatomy of war, sexism and power". Burdekin's pseudonym, adopted from 1934, was first revealed in the 1980s by feminist scholar Daphne Patai. Writing under an alias allowed Burdekin to interrogate the masculine element of fascist ideology, set in a world where Hitler is venerated as a God, language has been distorted by propaganda, and women, kept in concentration camps, are reduced to their reproductive roles.
Octavo. Original blue cloth, titles to spine in blue.
Spine slightly cocked and bumped, spine and extremities lightly toned, small mark to rear board, edges and contents a little foxed, otherwise firm and square. A very good copy.
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