Books: Ordeal by Visa

TRANSIT — Anna Seghers — Little, Brown ($2.50).

"About this man Weidel," said the French hotel proprietress, a few days after the Nazis entered Paris. "He came in, trembling. ... He didn't want to register. . . . Next morning ... he was lying fully dressed on the bed; a little glass bottle stood on the night table, empty. . . . We predated . . . Mr. Weidel's name on the register. . . . Then he was buried. . . . What am I to do with [his suitcase]?"

The anonymous narrator (a...

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