Books: Blood Hatred

THE FAMILY OF PASCUAL DUARTE by Camilo Jose Cela, translated and with an introduction by Anthony Kerrigan. 166 pages. Atlantic-Little, Brown. $4.50.

Spain's centuries of in-and overbreeding have produced bravery as well as hemophilia—and an anti-hero like Pascual Duarte. He is a rogue in the sense of being, like the fighting bull, specially bred, running separate from the herd, amuck, savage and destructive. He is a basic black part of the Spanish conscience.

His family is what the Spanish call olla podrida, or rotten pot, a mess. His brutal father dies, literally, rabid. His...

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