Books: Beyond the Next Bend

THE ROAD (276 pp.)—Harry Martinson—Reynal ($3.50).

"Touch us not. Leave us in peace. We own that which is astray. The lost is our property. It is a large and remarkable property. It faces the stars, the woods and the seas, the roaming waves and the wind-sown flowers."

Thus the tramps who trudge through The Road, a meandering, queerly poetic, semi-autobiographical novel which is the first book of Swedish Author Harry Martinson to be published in the U.S. The son of a sailor turned shopkeeper who died when the boy was only six, Author Martinson was left behind when his mother emigrated to the...

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