Books: Soviet Polonaise

THE DARK SIDE OF THE MOON (299 pp.)—Anonymous—Preface by T. S. Eliotf—Scribner ($2.75).

Despite its lyric title and a preface by T. S. Eliot, there is nothing poetic about this book. It is the harrowing story of Polish citizens nabbed by Soviet secret police in 1939-41 and packed off as prisoners to the dark side of the moon—i.e., forced labor in Soviet Asia.

The author is a Polish woman who, say the publishers, "for obvious reasons prefers to remain anonymous." Just as obviously, as Eliot concedes in the preface, the book's credibility suffers by its anonymity. But the basic facts are beyond dispute....

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