Non-Combatants and Others

By Rose Macaulay; Sarah LeFanu (Foreword by)
(Capuchin Classics, Paperback, 9780956294708, 216pp.)

Publication Date: April 1, 2010

Other Editions of This Title: Paperback, Paperback

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Rose Macaulay’s powerfully felt pacifist novel of World War I records the suffering and passion of Alix Sandomir’s rebellion against the foolishness of her fellow noncombatants. The year is 1915, and Alix moves from her cousins’ home in the country to the suburban villa "Violette" with its impervious, engrossed household. There a gallery of preoccupied characters, drawn with all Rose Macaulay’s wit and observation, distract Alix from the frustrations and impotence of her position. But when she learns the truth about the death of her younger brother on the front line she becomes increasingly aware of the ineffective role of women in war. Angered by her own ineffectualness Alix finally begins her battle for peace.




About the Author

Rose Macaulay (1881–1958) was one of the most popular satirical novelists of her day and the author of 39 books, including The Towers of Trebizond, winner of the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, and They Were Defeated. Sarah LeFanu is the author of In the Chinks of the World Machine: Feminism and Science Fiction 1840–1985 and the biography Rose Macaulay.

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