Swastika Night
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KATHARINE BURDEKIN was born in England in 1896 and, often writing under the name Murray Constantine, published more than ten novels before her death in 1963. Her dystopian novel Swastika Night (1937) was reissued by The Feminist Press in 1985.

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Swastika Night

Katharine Burdekin

Introduction by Daphne Patai

Women 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. The plot centers on a “misfit” who asks, “How could this have happened?”

"A powerful, haunting vision of the inner and outer worlds of male violence."

—Blanche Wiesen Cook, author of Eleanor Roosevelt: Volume 1, 1884-1933

"Swastika Night goes beyond the specifics of Nazi ideology to a nightmare world in which men are valued for their brutality and violence and women are regarded only as degraded breeders. The real nightmare is how closely these underlying views conform to conventional contemporary notions of masculinity and femininity. Thanks to The Feminist Press for bringing us this brilliant, chilling dystopia, written under a male pseudonym and demonstrating once more that Anonymous was a woman."

—Ann J. Lane, author of To Herland and Beyond: The Life and Work of Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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