Books: Slivovitz

ESPRIT DE CORPS (104 pp.)—Lawrence Durrell—Dutton ($2.75).

The gap between a totalitarian state and a "Titotalitarian" one is so narrow that even a writ of habeas corpus cannot pass through it, but the Tito version may be more tempting to the satirist. In this book Anglo-Irish Novelist Lawrence Durrell, who once served with the British embassy in Belgrade, leaves his steamy Mideastern cabals (Balthazar, Justine) for airy Balkan spoofs. The eleven grotesque tales in Esprit de Corps (subtitled Sketches from Diplomatic Life) do not all come off, but the best of them extract a...

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