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OVER THE FRONTIER.

Smith, Stevie.

ISBN 10: 0523416857 / ISBN 13: 9780523416854
Published by NY: PINNACLE BOOKS. 1982, 1982
Condition: Fine Soft cover
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First American Edition. UNCORRECTED PROOF. Close to fine in charcoal grey printed wrappers. (2 small staple holes at head of front cover). Bookseller Inventory # 20822

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Title: OVER THE FRONTIER.

Publisher: NY: PINNACLE BOOKS. 1982

Publication Date: 1982

Binding: Softcover

Book Condition:Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Smith herself dismissed her second novel as a failed experiment, but its attempt to parody popular genre fiction in order to explore profound political issues now seems to anticipate post-modern fiction. If anti-Semitism was one of the key themes of Novel on Yellow Paper, Over the Frontier is concerned with militarism. In particular, she asks how the necessity of fighting Fascism can be achieved without descending into the nationalism and dehumanisation that fascism represents. After a failed romance the heroine, Pompey, suffers a breakdown and is sent to Germany to recuperate. At this point the novel changes style radically, as Pompey becomes part of an adventure/spy yarn in the style of John Buchan or Dornford Yates. As the novel becomes increasingly dreamlike, Pompey crosses over the frontier to become a spy and soldier. If her initial motives are idealistic, she becomes seduced by the intrigue and, ultimately, violence. The vision Smith offers is a bleak one: "Power and cruelty are the strengths of our lives, and only in their weakness is there love."

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