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Lerman, Rhoda

Entry updated 27 June 2022. Tagged: Author.

(1936-2015) US author whose first novel, Call Me Ishtar (1973), is a Satirical fantasy; she is of some sf interest for The Book of the Night (1984), an exercise in Timeslip Fantastika whose protagonist, only sometimes male, can be understood when female as a Temporal Adventuress (see Feminism; Women in SF) [for a fantasy take on this complex tale, see Rhoda Lerman in The Encyclopedia of Fantasy under links below]. In God's Ear (1989) a dead Hassidic rabbi tries to convince his son to continue his complex and demanding mission; the relationship between a woman, on the run from her husband and her lover and her life, and the gorilla she travels with, evokes Apes as Human topoi. Realizing World War Two has been lost, the German protagonist of The Fourth Reich: A Novel (2016) escapes with his family to "Amazonia", where he hopes to build a secret Utopia. [JC]

Rhoda Carol Sniderman Lerman

born New York: 18 January 1936

died Port Crane, New York: 30 August 2015

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