Books: Big in Russia

MEETING AT A FAR MERIDIAN (360 pp.) -Mitchell Wilson-Doubleday ($4.50).

Three facts make this novel a publishing curiosity: it is the first book to appear simultaneously in the U.S. and the Soviet Union; it is written by the only American writer known to have collected sizable royalties from Moscow: its author, a bestseller in the millions in Russia, is ranked by Moscow side by side with Hemingway—but few U.S. readers have ever heard of him.

Some of the reasons for U.S. disinter est and Russian interest are clear in Wilson's latest novel. Written at too much length and with too little imagination,...

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