Books: Common Murderer

A CHILD OF OUR TIME—Odon von Horvath—Dial ($2).

When Odon von Horvath was killed in Paris last year—a falling chestnut tree struck him as he sauntered along the Champs Elysees—he had written a prize play, two short novels, The Age of the Fish and A Child of Our Time. These had given him a European reputation as one of the most gifted German writers of his generation. That reputation was confirmed by most U. S. critics last February with the English translation of The Age of the Fish, a poetic, Dostoevskian Goodbye, Mr. Chips,...

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