Books: Current & Various: Apr. 23, 1965

BACK TO CHINA by Leslie Fiedler. 248 pages. Stein & Day. $4.95.

Baro Finkelstone, the hero of Leslie Fiedler's latest novel, is a travesty of all the middle-aged Jewish liberals who ever lived in fiction. Pain is his pleasure. Having flagellated himself for Hiroshima, the plight of the Negro and the predicament of the American, he innocently demands: "Just tell me one thing I've done wrong." But in order to know that he is innocent, Finkelstone must suffer as though he were guilty, and Author Fiedler, who as a critic is the U.S.'s leading...

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