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Review, Synopsis, and Summary of Dystopian Fiction Novel Swastika Night.

Katharine Burdekin, a British writer, wrote Swastika Night with the pen name of Murray Constantine. The novel Swastika Night became published in the year 1937 and later selected in the Left Book Club in 1940. This novel remained forgotten for many decades until its republication in the 1980s.

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Author: Katherine Burdekin

Genre: Dystopian future

Pages: 287

Good reads rating:  3.64 of 5

My Ratings: 7.3 of 10

Published: 1937

Publisher: Victor Gollancz Ltd

Language: English

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Review and Summary of Dystopian Fiction Novel Swastika Night.

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The author wrote the book in a dystopian future when Nazis and the Japanese Empire defeated the enemies and became the conquerors of the world. There is a Swastika Night in the world of Nazis. The novel presents an alternative history perspective if looked at during today’s world.

Alfred is an Englishman who works as a ground mechanic in Salisbury Aerodrome. He is in his 30s and located to Germany to visit the holy places of Hitlerism, which presents the religion of the Nazi world. The holy places of Hitlerism include a holy forest and a sacred aeroplane in Munich. These things are holy because Hitler flew to Moscow in this plane and won the war. They know Hitler to be a seven-foot-tall person who has long blonde coloured hair and blue eyes. They consider him as a god in his own right. The knights preach about Hitler.

Alfred meets Friedrich Von Hess, who is an old knight in the village of his friend Hermann. Hermann works on the land of Friedrich. The knight tells Alfred about how history became damaged by a man who believes Hitler is god. The man wrote about Hitler being god; the Nazis burnt every literature which contradicted the fact. However, an ancestor of Von Hess wrote the truth and hands it over only to his descendants, so they preach the truth. He also had a preserved picture of Hitler. Alfred becomes convinced that Hitler is not a god and is only a small brown-haired man. The story then takes many directions, and they reveal the truth about Hitler.

Final Say on Dystopian Fiction Novel Swastika Night.

Swastika Night receives my ratings of 7.3 out of 10 because of the manner this novel predicted the future. The novel, written in a dystopian future, becomes an alternate history in the forthcoming years. Would I re-read this novel? No. Am I glad I read it? Yes.

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