Books: To Russia for Luv

HONEY FOR THE BEARS by Anthony Burgess. 256 pages. Norton. $3.95.

Fictional voyages of self-discovery are customarily accompanied by a change of outer scenery. If, for instance, the author's aim is to reveal inner darkness, his characters traditionally head for Africa (Conrad, Gide, Paul Bowles). If, on the other hand, the blossoming of a long-repressed joie de vivre is the theme, then sunny Italy will unlock the passion in the tourist's heart (Goethe, Mann, E. M. Forster). But whoever would have thought of th Soviet Union as an emotional catalyst? Well, nobody, until British Satirist Anthony Burgess came along.

In Burgess' newest novel,...

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