Books: Missing the Point

INCUBUS by Giuseppe Berto. 388 pages. Knopf. $5.95.

James Joyce demonstrated among other things that even in the works of a genius the stream of consciousness not infrequently turns out to be a Mississippi of malarkey, but the lesson seems to have been lost upon Giuseppe Berto, a well-known Italian novelist (Il Cielo è Rosso) whose obvious talents fall considerably short of genius but whose latest novel, Incubus, nevertheless opens the sluices of association and requires the reader to navigate as best he can a torrent of reminiscence, admittedly autobiographical but attributed in the text to an aging author who some years...

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