Ethiopia (Location Key)


When V.K. Ratliff and Gavin Stevens are in Greenwich Village for Linda Snopes' marriage in The Mansion, the talk turns to "the war, . . . Spain and Ethiopia" (194). The year is 1936. In Spain the Civil War between Nationalists and Republicans factions, in which Linda and her husband Barton Kohl will soon be fighting on the Republican side, has begun. The other front in the conflict that would soon plunge the planet into World War II was Ethiopia, which was invaded in 1935 by Italy, ruled by the Mussolini. To many, including the leftists with whom Ratliff is talking, the Fascist victories in these conflicts presaged "the lights going off all over Europe" (194).

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