Books: German Mailer

ADAM, WHERE ART THOU? (176 pp.)—Heinrich Böll−Criterion ($3).

This book qualifies as the German Naked and the Dead on the literary principle of silt by association. Author Böll, 37, known to U.S. readers for Acquainted with the Night (TIME, Oct. 4, 1954), lacks the power Norman Mailer showed in his first novel, but he wallows in the same mud-and-tears and reaches the same inevitable conclusion, i.e., war is a dirty, futile business. Adam has no heroes, only victims. The time is 1944; the place, principally occupied Hungary, as the mighty Wehrmacht comes apart at the tank sprockets. A panoramic miniaturist, Author Böll...

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