Books: The Hard Way

NEVER CALL RETREAT—Joseph Freeman —Farrar & Rinehart ($3).

It is clearly Joseph Freeman's hope, in his first novel, to write a political and spiritual history of the 20th Century to date. His hero, Paul Schuman, a middle-class Viennese, thinks and feels along this century's grand median line of liberal optimism. He suffers, like many of the century's most symbolic men, in a concentration camp. He escapes, as most of them have not, to the U.S., where hope and war are relatively fresh, and where, with a psychoanalyst's help, he becomes fit for new...

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