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Swastika Night

Katharine Burdekin

Publication Year: 1985

An outstanding example of dystopian fiction sometimes compared to 1984, Katherine Burdekin’s Swastika Night examines the world of male violence by weaving a tale of feudal Europe seven centuries into a post-Hitlerian society, “when men rule the world.” Burdekin published the novel under the pseudonym Murray Constantine. In it, she explores the connection between gender and political power and anticipates modern feminist fiction by drawing attention to the implications of conventional notions of masculinity and femininity.

Published by: The Feminist Press

Title Page

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pp. iii-xv

For nearly fifty years, the identity of 'Murray Constantine', pseudonymous author of Swastika Night, has been concealed from public view. Only in the early 1980s, in response to persistent inquiries, did the novel's original publishers acknowledge that 'Murray Constantine' was in fact Katharine Burdekin. Born in Derbyshire in 1896, Burdekin died in 1963 ...

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Pages 5-126

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pp. 5-126

... turned towards the Holy Hitler chapel which in the orientation of this church lay in the western arm of the Swastika, and with the customary loud impressive chords on the organ and a long roll on the sacred drums, the Creed began. Hermann was sitting in the Goebbels chapel in the northern arm, whence he could conveniently watch the handsome boy with the long fair silky hair, who had been singing ...

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Pages 127-195

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pp. 127-195

Hermann's face twisted like that of a man in severe pain, but not out of any unmanly feeling of pity for his youthful victim. " My lord, I am willing," he said in a low voice. " And are you sure you can put up with the examination, the confession, the Knights' Court sentence, the public degradation, and the journey through Germany? " ...

E-ISBN-13: 9781558616271
Print-ISBN-13: 9780935312560

Page Count: 210
Publication Year: 1985