Entra in scena Feric Jaggar; si tratta di un giovanottone cresciuto in Borgrovia, uno degli stati confinanti con Heldon, dove suo padre era stato esiliato per le sue idee politiche che consistevano in un sano razzismo. Un cocktail micidiale, che fa inorridire a ogni pagina, ma dal quale non ti riesci a staccare. Scene di battaglia tra il grottesco e il sadico, con fiumi di sangue e stragi colossali. Ammazza, ammazza, tanto sono tutti mutanti. E qui il gioco di Spinrad si fa diabolico, quasi come in un romanzo di Dick non a caso proprio a Spinrad venne chiesto di scrivere alcune pagine mancanti di Utopia, andata e ritorno del grande californiano. Campbell Jr.
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Start your review of Il signore della svastica Write a review Shelves: favorite-books Lord of the Swastika - Like a thick layer of stinking hot asphalt poured out on a driveway, a thick layer of racism and jingoism coats every single page of this appalling novel spun from the cramped, warped mind of an upstart writer of science fiction, a scribbler by the name of Adolf Hitler. What the hell was this clown thinking?!! To write such garbage is an act of complete irresponsibility and an insult to the reading public.
We can only raise our eyes to heaven and give thanks Adolf Hitlers Lord of the Swastika - Like a thick layer of stinking hot asphalt poured out on a driveway, a thick layer of racism and jingoism coats every single page of this appalling novel spun from the cramped, warped mind of an upstart writer of science fiction, a scribbler by the name of Adolf Hitler. I trust it is abundantly clear the above paragraph is what an outraged reviewer might have written in the alternative world author Norman Spinrad created in his novel within a novel.
And what a novel! The Iron Dream was banned in Germany for eight years, from to , prompting Spinrad to report how both the political left and right railed against his book — the left claiming it promotes fascism and the right asserting the novel was denigrating to a great man Adolf Hitler.
Lord of the Swastika opens more than a thousand years following global nuclear war, a cataclysm which brought about the end of civilization as we know it.
The gene pool of nearly all forms of human life are corrupted by radioactive fallout - humans possessing complete physical and mental health are rare; most of humanity have blue skin, lizard scales or parrot beaks, or, even more insidious, are wizened half-breed mutants or subhuman "Dominators" desiring to hold sway over the earth by their powerful mind-controlling psychic powers.
What this sorry world needs is a charismatic leader who will ruthlessly eliminate all those malignant subhumans and rid the planet forever of their odious, subversive stench. Enter Ferric Jagger. Why write such a novel?
Sad fact: masterfully constructed satire requires a degree of subtle understanding beyond the capacity of many readers. And I can assure you The Iron Dream is one such satire masterfully constructed. The Iron Dream is an intensely aesthetic dream, where every pore of Helder purebred skin tingles with excitement beholding the immense power, speed, dash and style of their new society, a land where every true human vows fanatical allegiance to Ferric Jagger.
How much do we really want our own world to resemble that of a conquering superhero forever in the right, taking aim to blast away the forces of darkness?
Is life so simple? In my modest view, The Iron Dream is a key novel for our time. Highly recommended. Each of these superhuman specimens held a flaming torch, the crimson brilliance of which matched the hue of their flowing swastika capes.
Il signore della svastica
Il signore della svastica, l'ucronia secondo Spinrad