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Oh, wow. Even living in the UK (or the U.S.), this would be quite something ... even more so, however, if she and her husband were actually living in Germany or Austria at the time.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
That's what I thought, too.

The MC is pretty modern, too, and there is an actual part of the text where she goes on about how the Nazi regime is trying to stall any progress of women's lib efforts (my words, not Bottome's - I'll try and find the quote when I get home) and reduce women to the production of cannon fodder (I'm sure Bottome used "cannon fodder"). I'm pretty sure books have been burned for less.

There are a few things to be impressed with here. The writing is not as developed as in The Lifeline, yet, but the bluntness kinda works here.
Sounds like amidst all the recent republication frenzy, Bottome's works would definitely deserve to be brought to a wider contemporary audience, too ...
I have not seen it, but MGM made a film of this, in 1940. (With, I believe Jimmy Stewart and Margaret Sullavan.) Germany then banned MGM's movies.

I get the impression they left Vienna for England when she was starting this novel.
BrokenTune 4 years ago
Yes, I just looked into her bio - they had moved back to England. She managed to get The Mortal Storm published in the UK, but apparently her own version "I accuse" was rejected at around the same time because she called out some of the leading Appeasement politicians.

There is a 1940 film. The cover of the 1943 edition I have has Jimmy Stewart on the cover. :) I haven't watched the film, yet. Maybe after the book.