Books: Balkan Gorky

KYRA KYRALINA—Panait Istrati —Knopf ($2.50). Five years ago, hospital attendants in Nice found upon the person of a wretch who had cut his throat unsuccessfully, a letter addressed to Author Romain Rolland, the French pacifist-humanist. The patient lived and, encouraged by M. Rolland, wrote many stories, of which this book contains the first three to be published in English.

Born 42 years ago of a Rumanian peasant woman and a Creel smuggler, Panaït Istrati is an unhappy, passionate son of the Balkans with a talent for headlong talespinning that must have come to...

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