Books: Live Ghost

VERA — Georg Kaiser — Alliance ($2.50).

This tragi-conundrum, by a famed, pre-Hitlerian German playwright, might be called a ghost story with a live ghost. The story is told by the "ghost," Boris, in a tormented letter to his first wife, Vera. Its tone is best exemplified by a last scene in which Boris conducts Vera through an imaginary hell, where he himself is chief exhibit among the damned.

Boris is a Paris waiter, condemned to live under an alias. At his story's beginning, on the eve of World War I, he is a young...

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