Published in 1937, twelve years before Orwell’s 1984, Swastika Night projects a totally male-controlled fascist world that has eliminated women as we know them. 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?”
I read as part of my modern science fiction course for university and I didn’t know what to expect but I absolutely loved it!
I love the discussions about religion and how Christianity is portrayed. The way women were portrayed reminded me off the way the Jews were treated in concentration camps. It physically disgusted me and shocked me.
I found it interesting that there are heavy homosexual undertones throughout this book, which considering the time it was published, was shocking.
Overall, I loved it and would highly recommend it!
5/5 stars ⭐️