Books: Dementia Peacocks


by G. CABRERA INFANTE 487 pages. Harper & Row. $8.95.

The reader is forewarned, even five-or six-warned:

The Hounds of the Radziwills. J'aime Joys. Menasha Troy. Ladonna Oldsmobile. Teas Eliot. Troubles With My Cant, by Green Grams. Against Impenetration, by Su Sanstag. Joseph Awfulsop. Devil's Avocado. Schwahili (the language spoken by Schweitzer). Dr. Dyingstone, I exhume.

What is all but incredible about this dizzying slapstick is not that the author has the worst case of the Marx blathers on record, but that he is a Cuban, and wrote it all first in Spanish. His...

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