Books: The Heart of Darkness

HOUSE UPON THE SAND by Jurgis Gliauda. 168 pages. Many/and. $3.95.

THE BIRTHDAY KING by Gabriel Fielding. 383 pages. Morrow. $5.95.

Neither the French Revolution nor the Napoleonic Wars, not even the American Civil War, has obsessed novelists as much as the Third Reich. There human nature hit rock bottom, and it has been an irresistible temptation to novelists to try to tell why. Twenty years after the event, there are more novels than ever on the Nazi era—as if crime of such magnitude takes years to digest.

House Upon the Sand, a novel of savage ironies, belongs with the best of the literature...

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