Books: The Flesh Is Weak

INVITATION TO Moscow (360 pp.) Z. Stypulkowski — Thames & Hudson ($3.50).

The first order that came to Zbigniew Stypulkowski, Polish underground leader in his cell in Moscow's Lubianka prison, made him laugh. A handsome, strapping girl of about 20 entered the cell, yapped one word: "Undress." She had to repeat it twice before he took her seriously, stripped self-consciously to the buff. Poking about clinically, she asked, "Have you syphilis?" and then stalked out.

In the next 70 days, the commissars of the NKVD tried to strip his mind and spirit in more...

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