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Swastika Night

Murray Constantine

Published by London - Victor Gollancz Ltd, 1940
Condition: Very Good Hardcover
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An uncommon Left Book Club edition of Swastika Night by Murray Constantine. Bound in paper-covered boards. Uncommon. Katharine Burdekin, 1896 1963, was a British novelist who wrote speculative fiction dealing with political, social, and spiritual issues. Many of her novels could be categorized as feminist utopian/dystopian fiction. She also wrote under the name Kay Burdekin and the pseudonym Murray Constantine. Daphne Patai unraveled Murray Constantine's true identity while doing research on utopian and dystopian fiction in the mid-1980s. Burdekin was educated at home, and at Cheltenham Ladies College. In 1934, Katharine Burdekin began using the pseudonym Murray Constantine. The political nature and strong criticism of fascism in her novels allegedly inspired her to adopt the pseudonym in an effort to protect her family from the risk of repercussions and attacks. A pacifist committed to communist ideals, Burdekin abandoned pacifism in 1938 out of the conviction that fascism had to be fought. Burdekin's best-known novel, Swastika Night, was first published in 1937 under the Murray Constantine pseudonym. Reflecting Burdekin's analysis of the masculine element in fascist ideology, Swastika Night depicts a future in which the world has been divided between two militaristic powers: the Nazis and the Japanese. Set hundreds of years into the future, this dystopia envisions a sterile, dying Nazi Reich. The novel bears striking similarities to Orwell's Nineteen Eighty-Four, published more than a decade later. Swastika Night was a Left Book Club selection in 1940 -- one of the few works of fiction thus honoured. Condition: The binding is tight and firm. The rear inner hinge is slightly strained. There is slight wear to the extremities, including slight bumping and rubbing. Internally the pages are clean with browning to the page edges. Overall the condition is very good. Bookseller Inventory # 012652

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Title: Swastika Night

Publisher: London - Victor Gollancz Ltd

Publication Date: 1940

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Very Good

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