Likable Opportunist

DARIO (175 pp.) ­ Percy Winner ­ Harcourt Brace ($2.50)

A kind of conversational sword play between U.S. Foreign Correspondent Percy Winner and an Italian journalist named Dario Duvolti rustles throughout this urban study of a European Fascist intellectual. When Winner first met Dario in 1925 he was reminded of Count Keyserling's remark about the women of Italy—that as young girls they dream of being grandmothers. Dario, brilliant and ambitious, dreamt of being an ambassador, and was but a few rungs from the top of Mussolini's ladder when it fell in 1943. Unlike most of the climbers, however, he was...

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