Books: Mellowed Marxism

THE MODERN POLISH MIND (440 pp.) —Edited by Maria Kuncewicz—Little, Brown ($8.50).

Poland's Communist Boss Wladyslaw Gomulka managed to bring the 1956 "October Revolution" to a halt somewhere between Communism and democracy. But the intellectual revolution that began at the same time was not so easily braked. The intellectuals have continued to rebel at Communism's strictures, and this collection of essays and short stories is a gauge of how far they have carried their new independence. The best of these writings are quite profound probings of the human soul; the weakest are a...

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