Books: Worm's-Eye View

INCONSOLABLE MEMORIES by Edmundo Desnoes. 155 pages. New American Library. $4.50.

This book, first published in 1965 in Cuba, is less compelling as fiction than as reportage from that near, yet remote island. Among its surprises is the fact that it was published at all, since the protagonist often criticizes the Cuban revolution, cares more about girls than about politics, and is a self-confessed gusano, or worm (the regime's word for its enemies). It holds considerable fascination as a highly personal worm's-eye view of Castro's domain.

American Smell. The novel's hero is a 39-year-old Cuban named Malabre, whose furniture store, apartment building and...

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