Storm Jameson: Then We Shall Hear Singing: A Fantasy in C Major

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  • Ashlie Sponenberg

Then We Shall Hear Singing: A Fantasy in C Major is the second of Storm Jameson's major anti-fascist, dystopian fantasies of the near-future. She describes in her memoirs how the idea for the novel came to her one night after an air raid, when she wondered whether memory would survive in a conquered country if Nazi scientists possessed the technology to destroy thought and will whilst keeping the working body intact. This scenario is dramatised in this novel of a fictional, Central European nation five years after its occupation by the Nazis.

Hesse, a German doctor and high-ranking Nazi official, lobotomises the people of a conquered village in order to eradicate their dangerous memories of national identity, democracy a…

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Sponenberg, Ashlie. "Then We Shall Hear Singing: A Fantasy in C Major". The Literary Encyclopedia. First published 19 June 2003
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