Night Operation

TitleNight Operation
Year for Search1983
AuthorsBarfield, [Arthur] Owen(1898-1997)
Tertiary AuthorsBarfield, Owen
Secondary TitleTowards
Volume / Edition2.4 - 2.5
Pagination10-19; 14-21
Date PublishedFall-Winter 1983 - Summer-Fall 1984
KeywordsEnglish author
Annotation

Dystopia set in the 22nd century in which people have fled underground into the sewer system to escape from terrorist attacks. Rock is played constantly over loudspeakers. The people have forgotten history and focus almost entirely on their biological lives with the Three Rs replaced with the Three Es (ejaculation, defecation, and eructation). Language has lost many words. No marriage or the family. 

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in A Barfield Sampler: Poetry and Fiction. Ed. Jeanne Clayton Hunter and Thomas Kranidas with an afterword by Owen Barfield (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993), 129-72; and separately as Night Operation. [Shinfield, Eng.]: Barfield Press UK, 2008. 2nd ed. [San Raphael, CA: Barfield Press, 2009. The book has a hagiographic “Introduction” by Jane Hipolito (ix-xii). 

Info Notes

Written in 1975 

Author Note

The author (1898-1997) was a member of the Inklings together with J. R. R. Tolkien, C. S. Lewis, and others. He was deeply influenced by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925), the Austrian founder of Anthroposophy.

Full Text

1983-84 Barfield, [Arthur] Owen (1898-1997). “Night Operation.” Towards 2.4 (Fall-Winter 1983): 10-19; 2.5 (Summer-Fall 1984): 14-21. Written in 1975. Rpt. in A Barfield Sampler: Poetry and Fiction. Ed. Jeanne Clayton Hunter and Thomas Kranidas with an afterword by Owen Barfield (Albany: State University of New York Press, 1993), 129-72; and separately as Night Operation. [Shinfield, Eng.]: Barfield Press UK, 2008. 2nd ed. [San Raphael, CA: Barfield Press, 2009. The book has a hagiographic “Introduction” by Jane Hipolito (ix-xii). PSt

Dystopia set in the 22nd century in which people have fled underground into the sewer system to escape from terrorist attacks. Rock is played constantly over loudspeakers. The people have forgotten history and focus almost entirely on their biological lives with the Three Rs replaced with the Three Es (ejaculation, defecation, and eructation). Language has lost many words. No marriage or the family. Barfield was a member of the Oxford Inklings with his friends C. S. Lewis and J. R. R. Tolkien. He was deeply influence by Rudolf Steiner (1861-1925) and Anthroposophy.