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Levitin, Sonia

Entry updated 29 October 2021. Tagged: Author.

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(1934-    ) German-born teacher and author, in the US from 1938 (though many members of her family died in the Final Solution), much of whose work is designed for younger children, and many of whose Young Adult novels are nonfantastic. Those of sf interest include The Cure (1999), set in the twenty-fifth century, a Utopian world which punishes excessively deviant behaviour by giving nonconformists, via a kind of remote-controlled Timeslip, the experience of being Jewish in fourteenth-century Germany, during the Black Death. The underlying sombreness of The Goodness Gene (2005), which is set in a twenty-third Dystopia, is uncovered when the twin sons of the ruler of the world discover they are Clones of Adolf Hitler, and that they are in sympathy with what they understand of the old, wild world (see Hitler Wins; Medieval Futurism). [JC]

Sonia Wolff Levitin

born Berlin: 18 August 1934

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