Published in 1937, twelve years before Orwell’s 1984, this novel projects a totally male-controlled fascist world that has eliminated women as we know them. They 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. Not even the memory of culture remains. The plot centers on a «misfit» who asks, as readers must, «How could this have happenned?» Ann J. Lane calls the novel a «brilliant, chilling dystopia.» «This is a powerful, haunting vision of the inner and outer worlds of male violence.»-Blanche Wiesen Cook.