Books: Snapshots of Madrid

THE HIVE (257 pp.)—Camllo Jose Cela—Farrar, Straus & Young ($3.50).

Camilo Jose Cela is a 37-year-old Spanish novelist with a rare distinction: although he fought in Generalissimo Franco's army during the civil war, joined the Falange and to this day lives and works under the Fascist regime, his novel about Madrid is being cheered by emigre Spanish Republicans. So rare a distinction stems from a rare quality. In the face of dictatorship, Novelist Cela has the courage to write the truth as he sees it and the talent to transform his merciless vision of contemporary Madrid into a series of Goya-like vignettes.

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