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Burdekin depicts a world that has been divided into the Nazi Empire (Europe and Africa) and the equally militaristic Japanese Empire (Asia, Australia, and the Americas), a demarcation that raises some interesting issues all by itself. Obviously in the Nazi Empire Hitler is venerated as a god and all books and documents from the past have been destroyed so that the Nazi version of history is all that remains (the similarity is more to the efforts of the ancient Egytpian pharoahs than Orwell's idea of the continuous revision of the public record).Read more ›
The story takes place in Nazi Europe and mainly involves a British man on pilgrimage, a German serf, and a Nazi Knight. Between the three of them they delve into the lost world of the past and try to create a better future. The characters aren't evenly flushed out but that does serve the atmosphere of the book, that taking away men's(and women's) liberty takes something out of life.
Part of the reason that the book is so powerful is because it was written before the Second World War, when Hitler was still on the rise and there was no guarantee that Fascism would not spread across the world.
All in all it was an interesting read.
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What we now call WWII is nearly universally accepted to have begun on September 1,1939 when the Third Reich invaded Poland. How then did Ms. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Amazon Customer
This work gets five stars in part because it was so unexpectedly good. I had never heard of it before randomly ordering it one day and was really surprised that something so... Read morePublished on November 9, 2012 by J
The part about the Nazis being anti-Christian is correct, the Nazis hated Christianity with a passion, and had planned to bring down all major churches from the inside. Read morePublished on May 22, 2012 by Brand DeKerk
First, let me say that this novel is very good and very detailed. While I enjoyed a different style Dystopia in Swastika Night I felt that the writinf wasn't nearly as good as... Read morePublished on February 18, 2011 by Greg Osborn
When I read this book for class, I hated it so much that I wrote a 31-page paper on why Dystopian Fiction is awful. Read morePublished on February 7, 2006 by Tim Lieder