Books: Abuses of Affluence

THE EXTREME OCCIDENT by Petru Dumitriu. 378 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $6.95.

"I'm against walls," says Rumania's Petru Dumitriu, who proved his point in 1960 by leaping through the Iron Curtain to settle in the West. What Dumitriu left behind in Bucharest was a rising career as the Communist Party's most applauded novelist, a ranking position as editor of Rumania's most important literary magazine and director of the State Publishing House. What he brought with him was an analytical eye and an inkwell full of ideals.

In Incognito (TIME, Jan. 1, 1965), he combined these assets to excoriate the abuses of power...

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