Books: A Handful of Lust

LIFE IS ELSEWHERE by MILAN KUNDERA Translated by PETER KUSSI 289 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

LAUGHABLE LOVES

by MILAN KUNDERA

Translated by SUZANNE RAPPAPORT 242 pages. Knopf. $6.95.

It is clear now to thoughtful members of the literary apparat that a critic who praises an Iron Curtain writer does so at considerable risk to his reputation as a subtle fellow. Some variant of the skepticism now being directed at Solzhenitsyn is sure to tar the enthusiast. "A great soul, certainly," it will be said, "with great lumps on his head from those rubber truncheons, but a...

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