Swastika Night. By Murray Constantine

Katharine
Burdekin

$7,500

1 in stock

Description

‘not begotten, not born of a woman, but Exploded’

Burdekin
Katharine
Swastika Night. By Murray Constantine
287, [1] pp
8vo
London
Gollancz
June 1937
First edition
Blue cloth, yellow printed dust jacket. Stamped Archive Copy on title page. Fine copy (spine panel slightly faded, small circled a in pencil on front panel of jacket, tiny 37 in red ink on top of back panel.) Cloth clamshell box
Locke, Spectrum of Fantasy, p. 57; Wessells 26
310738
$7,500

‘not begotten, not born of a woman, but Exploded’
Outstanding copy of the prescient, alarming novel of Nazism triumphant, written by Katharine Burdekin and published as by Murray Constantine. The pseudonym was not unlocked until the mid-1980s, long after Burdekin’s death, when Daphne Patai wrote the introduction for the Feminist Press reprint.
This feminist novel is remarkable for its extrapolation of the cult of Hitler, the grim portrait of the degradation of women, and its recognition of the homoeroticism latent in the Nazi idealization of male power. Swastika Night is also a prime example of science fiction as understanding the present: its author observed what Hitler advocated, and wrote this novel in 1936 (it was published in June 1937). The novel remains so powerful because Burdekin holds up a mirror for us to look into.
RARE in just jacket