Books: Spiritual Seduction

EHRENGARD (111 pp.)-Isak Dinesen -Random House ($3.95).

When ripples trouble the stillness of an evening pond, the motion of the water sometimes startlingly reveals the gloomy and voracious depths beneath. The stories of Danish Author Isak Dinesen, who died last summer, are like that too. At their darkest, they open unforgettably on a decadent inner world of princely passion and atavistic fear. At their lightest, they still display a fine, curlicued surface.

Ehrengard will disappoint only those Dinesen admirers who hoped it would be a long-awaited Italian novel which, the author once tantalizingly explained,...

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