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ANYTHING CAN HAPPEN — George and Helen Papashvily — Harper ($2).

Forty years ago, in the village of Kobiankari in Russian Georgia, not far from Stalin's birthplace, one George Papashvily was born. His father, being a man of great foresight, taught him two trades (sword-making and ornamental-leather work), and gave him three dogs, a colt and a pet bear. Thus schooled, George Papashvily, penniless and wearing a karakul hat, arrived in New York, having traveled steerage on a Greek freighter. "lit your position, frankly," said a Turkish shipmate, "I would kill myself." "My God,"...

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