Books: Fugitive

ON THIS SIDE NOTHING (192 pp.]—Alex Comfort—Viking ($2.50).

A different kind of hero has appeared in recent European novels. He is a man with a highly developed taste for disaster; he accepts fear as a normal condition and death as less to be feared than the constant flight from it. Usually a disenchanted revolutionary, he feels that only in acts of simple decency can a man retain his humanity. He trusts nothing else.

Such an uneasy fugitive from catastrophe is Shmul Weinstock, hero of London physician Alex Comfort's tight little novel, On This Side Nothing. In dry, sparse sentences Weinstock tells the story...

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