Books: Why Not Everyman?

DENAZIFICATION by Constantine Fitz-Gibbon. 222 pages. Norton. $6.95.

Constantine FitzGibbon gets his loudest polemic laughs from dead trends and left leftovers. A translator-novelist-critic of Irish and American descent and European education, he now lives in Ireland. His novel When the Kissing Had to Stop, a political cautionary tale of a Russian takeover from a fellow-traveling British government, made him a bogeyman to left-leaning intellectuals. It also won him a Communist Party accolade—"fascist hyena."

In Denazification, FitzGibbon, who served as an intelligence officer in Europe during World War II, has dug up the corpse of...

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