Swastika Night by Katharine BurdekinSwastika Night by Katharine Burdekin

Swastika Night

byKatharine BurdekinAfterword byDaphne Patai

Paperback | January 1, 1993

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&nbsp&nbsp&nbspPublished in 1937, twelve years before Orwell's '1984', this novel projects a totally male-led 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'
Title:Swastika NightFormat:PaperbackProduct dimensions:208 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.6 inShipping dimensions:7.7 × 5 × 0.6 inPublished:January 1, 1993Publisher:Feminist Press At CunyLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0935312560

ISBN - 13:9780935312560


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Fascinating but Dated Katherine Budekin wrote her frightening vision of a Nazi future in 1937, at the height of Hitler's power in Germany, as a scathing attack on the powerful patriarchies engaged in fascism. Her argument , however, goes far beyond the confines of Nazism and her imaginary Nazi future. She is concerned with the history of all of Western Civilization: a history driven by gender politics, wherein women's voices have been erased from the collective memory almost as completely as her Nazis wiped out the history of previous Empires. Budekin (who tellingly wrote under the name Murray Constantine) achieves much in her story: her argument is compelling, occasionally prophetic and often disturbing. Sadly, despite the profundity of Budekin's message, Swastika Night doesn't hold up aesthetically. It is a book packed full of explication. Budekin rarely shows us what is happening, she tells us through an interminable series of discussions between her major characters. Because of this, Swastika Night lacks immediacy. And immediacy would have catapulted Swastika Night into the status of other dystopian classics, like Orwell's 1984. As it stands, however, Swastika Night is an excellent, though artistically flawed, vision of our male driven world. It is absolutely worth a read, but don't expect to be entertained by the experience.
Date published: 2007-11-06