Books: Is Blindness Best?

THE LIFE AND LOVES OF MR. JIVEASS NIGGER by Cecil Brown. 213 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $5.50.

FRAGMENTS by Ayi Kwei Armah. 287 pages. Houghton Mifflin. $5.95.

The new Jew in literature is black. The community of shared pain and perception that has informed the sensibilities of Jewish writers is now said to exist in its own cultural terms for the Negro writer. Two successful new novels by young black authors, each one showing different styles and talents, provide fresh proof of the assertion. The artistic concern of both is grounded on particular black...

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