Books: To the World of the Dead

CHRIST STOPPED AT EBOLI (268 pp.)—Carlo Levi, franslated by Frances Frenaye—Farrar, Straus ($3).

On a summer day in 1935, in the little village of Gagliano, Fascist guards took the handcuffs off bullheaded Painter Carlo Levi's wrists and drove away. Levi's crime was anti-Fascist opinions. His sentence: three years' exile in southern Italy's barren, unhealthy province of Lucania.

The peasants of Gagliano crowded around the exile with friendly curiosity, helped him find lodgings, shook their heads sympathetically. They pitied him for being out of civilized circulation; they and their forebears had lived thus for untold centuries—since the legendary days when Prince Aeneas and his...

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