Books: The Way to the Depths

CHARLOTTE by Charlotte Salomon. 80 color plates. Harcourt, Brace & World. $8.50.

The girl anticipates her grandmother's suicide with a picture. Trees are aswirl in the heart of an olive forest.

In the distance, they have twisted into a vortex of somber terrors. The grandmother stands to one side, ignoring the menace of a sunflower that ignites the trees. Reflected fire gleams in the old woman's vacant eye. At the side of the painting, the girl adds a caption in verse:

Pain and terror overshadow the world,

The rule of law and reason is suspended,

Friendship and trust are destroyed.

There is no meaning left to life...

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