MOSCOW 1979. New York: Sheed & Ward, 1940. Octavo, pp. [1-6] 1-337 [338: blank], original red cloth, spine panel stamped in blue. First edition. The Soviet Union, a corrupt authoritarian dystopia, is at war with its only surviving enemy, the Catholic Church, ruled by a Filipino Pope in San Francisco. The Catholics have perfected a paralyzing ray and the USSR will be defeated soon after the protagonist, its former number one citizen hero, is "utilized." There are echoes of early Wells (especially THE SLEEPER AWAKES) and Zamyatin in the depiction of the degenerated Soviet state. Sargent, British and American Utopian Literature, 1516-1985, p. 220. Not in Lewis or Negley. Bleiler (1978), p. 116. Reginald 08463. "Gift from Saks Fifth Avenue Employees' Sunshine Club" stamp on front free endpaper. Small stain to fore-edge of text pages, hint of rubbing to spine ends, a very good or better copy in good pictorial dust with chipping at edges. (#139153).
No statement of printing.