Books: Poletarian Poignancy

PETER DOMANIG — Victor White — Bobbs-Merrill ($3).

THE DAY Is COMING — William Cameron — Macmillan ($3).

These two massive novels were launched with a publicity salute of all but invasion intensity. William Cameron's The Day is Coming (573 pages about working-class life in England from 1887 to 1939) was blurbed as "the sort of novel Dickens might have written." Victor White's Peter Domanig (704 pages about working-class life in Vienna from 1905 to 1920) was called "one of the classics of aoth Century literature." All such extravagances aside, one fact was plain:...

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