Books: Blood & Justice

THE BRIGAND (224 pp.) — GiuseppeBerto—New Directions ($2.75).

U.S. fiction may be in the doldrums, but good novels continue to come out of postwar Italy. The latest, and one of the best, is The Brigand, a tragic story of an army veteran who tries to play Robin

Hood for the poor peasants of his village but succeeds only in bringing misery to them and death to himself. A striking improvement over Berto's first novel, The Sky Is Red (TIME, Oct. 25, 1948), The Brigand shines with the kind of love for the Italian peasant that characterizes...

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