REVOLUTION 1933 von * * * [pseudonym]. Berlin: Brunnen-Verlag Karl Windler, 1930. Octavo, pp. [1-4] 5-131 [132: blank], original black cloth, front and spine panels stamped in red, top edge stained dark gray. First edition. Bochow, a sentimental veteran of World War I, a radical nationalist visionary and doctor of economics, wrote in this book, and his next, KRIEG DEM HUNGER! (1931), of the economic threat posed by the Wall Street "Weltvampyr," to expose what he believed to be a conscious economic plot to destroy German self-sufficiency. The only answer is the rise of an idealized German fighting man, ineffably the spirit of Germany, who will overthrow the Americans, here symbolized by Bochow's factory-worker Franz, who rebels against his American supervisor, John Smith, and instigates a worker's rebellion, which is repressed by the Weimar Republic's police. Bochow's "gloomiest book by far was REVOLUTION 1933. Written in 1930, the novel is a continuation of the right-wing dystopian literature of the mid-1920s in which Germany is depicted as a land 'torn apart,' where rich and poor irreconcilably confront one another, and whose sufferings are regarded with amusement by France, the Soviet Union, and the United States." - Hermand, Old Dreams of a New Reich: Volkish Utopias and National Socialism, pp. 131-2. Bochow "traces Germany's descent into total chaos. At the end of the 1920s, the crisis is brought on by France's horrendous extraction of reparation payments from Germany as well as by an American policy of buying German firms for the sake of shutting them down ... The true victor at the end of the novel is Wall Street, the 'plundering monetary international,' and it is this victory which ensures the impossibility of a truly national revolution in the coming decades." - ibid., p. 105. In WAS WIRD AUS DEUTSCHLAND? (1932), Bochow's third and final futuristic novel, a new Reich government based on values such as "honor," "a sense of responsibility," and "strict discipline" is established. Fisher, Fantasy and Politics: Visions of the Future in the Weimar Republic, pp. 72-85. Lexikon 2, p. 23. Bloch (2002) 455. Not in Nagl. A fine copy in very good pictorial dust jacket with some wear at edges and a bit of fading to spine panel. (#138696).
"1. --- 10. Tausend" on title page.