Books: Russian Six-Year-Old

TIME WALKED (177 pp.)—Vera Panovo —Arlington Books ($3.50).

Some novels speak with nature's voices of silence, like a field of grass. At a critical touch they flatten elusively out of reach; uprooted blade by blade from the soil of context, their individual scenes and episodes wither. The authors of such books are easy to underestimate because they are so difficult to praise. Speaking softly on some quiet theme, they say little that is arresting, even when they are subtly telling all that is important. Russian Novelist Vera Panova is such a writer. Her subject:...

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