Books: The Survivor

THE RETURN OF GUNNER ASCH (310 pp.) _ Hans Hellmuf Kirst — Little, Brown ($3.95).

In war, it is not only the lucky who live. Some men, without being cowards, display an extraordinary knack for survival. Such a one is Gunner Herbert Asch, the fictional Wehrmacht veteran who for six years of World War II managed to escape the enemy's bullets and the stupidity of his own commanders. Asch survived, not as the anvil survives the hammer, but as a nimble, highly intelligent fly eludes the clumsy hand that would kill it. For Asch...

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