Drang Nach Osten: Drang nach Osten

THE ROAD TO OOBLIADOOH by Fritz Rudolf Fries, 246 pages. McGraw-Hill $6.95.

The people's republic of East Germany has already produced one gifted novelist, Uwe Johnson (Speculations About Jakob). Now, in Fritz Fries, it may have the makings of another. But where Johnson's austere prose was deeply ingrained with the drab, isolated atmosphere of East Germany not long after the war, Fries turns out to be a far more frivolous and cosmopolitan creature. His first novel is officially set in Leipzig, Fries and his characters, though, seem to belong to the new international Brüderschaft of...

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