Books: New Storyteller

THE DREAM AND THE DESERT (223 pp.) —Uys Krige—Houghton Mifflin ($3).

In fiction, as in business, there is always room at the top. Just as South African writers are on the point of becoming a drug on the book market, along comes Cape Towner Uys Krige (44) with a collection of short stories as good as any current in English. They are stories about South Africa that do not. blessedly, derive from the headlines, and war tales that are moving without resorting to war-fiction language and cliches. One or two are complete failures. But the two best ones make it plain that...

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