Books: One Hit, Two Misses

THE WATCH (442 pp.)—Carlo Levi—Farrar, Straus & Young ($3.75).

Italy's postwar literary comeback was sparked in 1945 by Carlo Levi, a stocky ex-physician who prefers to be known as a painter. His Christ Stopped at Eboli (TIME, May 5, 1947), a prizewinning bestseller, was a vivid picture of life in the starving south Italian town to which Levi was exiled by Mussolini in 1935. His second book, Of Fear and Freedom, a rambling philosophical essay on man's fate, was as diffuse and shapeless as Eboli was graceful and compact.

Levi's latest book, The Watch, is a flashback to Rome just after the liberation....

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