Guttenberg, Violet

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(?   -?   ) UK author whose three novels focus on Jews in the modern world. Neither Jew Nor Greek: A Story of Jewish Social Life (1902) and The Power of the Palmist (1903) contain no fantastic elements; but A Modern Exodus (1904) is set in a Near Future Britain where Jews have been declared the equivalent of "aliens" (see Race in SF), lose all civil rights, and are due to be deported. Before this can happen, the Jewish community emigrates en masse to Palestine, their departure causing Economic collapse in Britain. Eventually Jews are made welcome again by the antisemitic Prime Minister who had expelled them initially, for he now understands his Christian duty (see Religion), a conversion perhaps intensified by the fact that the only physician capable of healing his daughter has been expelled because he is a Jew. [JC]

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