Books: Gnats in Amber

THE NIGHT IN LISBON by Erich Maria Remarque. 244 pages. Harcourt, Brace & World. $4.95.

If he has done nothing else, Erich Remarque has given to modern fiction a new sort of nonhero—the nameless and rootless refugee who is forever on the run. In Remarque's new novel, the refugee goes by the name of Schwarz—but Schwarz, of course, is not his real name. He has taken the name and the identification papers of a dead man named Schwarz (who in turn had taken them from another dead man named Schwarz). The obvious implication of this hall-of-mirrors symbolism is that loss of...

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