Swastika Night by Katharine Burdekin

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   Published in 1937, twelve years before Orwell's 1984, this novel projects a totally male-controlled fascist world that has eliminated women as we know them. They are breeders, kept as cattle, while men in this post-Hitlerian world are embittered automatons, fearful of all feelings, having abolished all history, education, creativity, books, and art. Not even the memory of culture remains. The plot centers on a "misfit" who asks, as readers must, "How could this have happenned?" Ann J. Lane calls the novel a "brilliant, chilling dystopia." "This is a powerful, haunting vision of the inner and outer worlds of male violence."-Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume One, 1884-1933

About Katharine Burdekin

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Daphne Patai is professor of Brazilian literature and literary theory at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. She is the author of a number of books on literature, utopian studies, and the culture wars, most recently "Professing Feminism: Education and Indoctrination in Women's Studies," Revised Edition (with Noretta Koertge).
Published January 1, 1993 by The Feminist Press at CUNY. 208 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction, Science Fiction & Fantasy. Fiction

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