Books: A Time to Die

HOSTAGES — Stefan Heym — Putnam ($2.50).

Author Heym's publishers believe that Hostages is "the first really great novel to be written in English" by a refugee from the Nazis. Coming at a time when the tragic fate of flesh & blood hostages is a steady newspaper item, Author Heym's fiction is likely to sell on the strength of its title alone.

Stefan Heym, 29, is editor of New York's anti-Nazi weekly Deutsches Volksecho. He fled the Gestapo in 1933. His father, seized as a hostage, later committed suicide. Author Heym's novel is dedicated...

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