Books: A Man Abused

WARD 7 by Valeriy Tarsis. 159 pages. Dutton. $3.50.

If there is ever another Russian rev olution, Valeriy Tarsis may be remembered as its Tom Paine. In 1960, after years of private opposition to the Communist regime, the 53-year-old Ukrainian wrote a novel, The Bluebottle, that contained an angry attack on the Soviet tyranny and a vigorous defense of human liberty; smuggled out of Russia, it was published in England late in 1962. The Kremlin reacted swiftly. On the assumption, officially expressed by Khrushchev, that anyone who dislikes life in the Soviet Union must be a "lu natic," Author Tarsis was committed...