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Originally published in England in 1934, this searing, timely novel offers and incisive critique of the sexual politics and militarism of England, and the West as a whole, in the post-World War I years. The novel is told from the perspective of a "Genuine Person" who has been hurtled thousands of years back in time from a future society whose citizens are peaceful, androgy...more
Paperback, 360 pages
Published September 1st 1993 by The Feminist Press at CUNY
(first published 1934)
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This is an extraordinary book from 1934. Although it does have some of the aspects of Burdekin's later more political works (highly discursive, sketchy characterisation) in this case they are neutralised because we see everything from an alien, "human" perspective that is consciously detached from the "subhuman" culture it has been projected in to. The narrator is extremely gentle, and there is tenderness and comedy in the story (for example, the fashionable London party scene). As Burdekin arch...more
Katharine Burdekin was a British novelist who wrote speculative fiction dealing with political, social, and spiritual issues. She was the sister of Rowena Cade, creator of the Minack Theatre in Cornwall. Many of her novels could be categorized as feminist utopian/dystopian fiction. She also wrote under the name Kay Burdekin and under the pseudonym Murray Constantine. Daphne Patai unraveled "Murray...moreMore about Katharine Burdekin...