Books: The Psychology of the Gadfly

THE RAFT OF THE MEDUSA by Vercors. Translated by Audrey Foote. 185 pages. McCall's. $6.50.

Rebellion springs from a psychological source as much as from a political stance. Yet an age that has generated millions of rebels has failed to produce anything like adequate discussion of their emotional motives. Now a shrewd novel by a member of the Old Left offers some home thoughts to the vociferous children of the New.

Jean Brüller is a French writer who, under the pseudonym of Vercors, founded Editions de Minuit, a French underground press, during World War...

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