Books: Provincial Passions

RESIDENTIAL QUARTER—Louis Aragon —Harcourf, Brace ($2.50).

The wickedness of Paris has been a preoccupation of French novelists ever since Rabelais. But if the new generation of French novelists is to be trusted, Paris is austere compared with the provinces. In books like Guilloux's Bitter Victory, Romains' The Proud and the Meek, the small cities of the Republic seethe with vice, scandal, adultery, perversion that are all the more conspicuous because of the peaceful calm of the surrounding countryside. In Residential Quarter, Louis Aragon, continuing the panoramic novel he began last year in The...

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