Books: As Some Romans Do

WHEEL OF FORTUNE—Alberto Moravia—Viking ($2.50).

Not every Italian wears a black shirt. Not every Italian writer is dead, like Pirandello, nor in exile, like Ignazio Silone (TIME, April 5). Last week U. S. readers were again introduced to Author Alberto Moravia, in an extremely readable if not altogether first-rate novel which managed to throw some highlights on contemporary Rome without once mentioning Mussolini.

Wheel of Fortune is a surprising book. It sets out like a society farce, develops into the psychological realism of a Stendhal novel, ends like a Dostoievskian drama. And the...

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