Books: The Morning After

A PLACE IN THE COUNTRY by Sarah Gainham. 371 pages. Holt, Rinehart & Winston. $6.95.

Two years ago, an unheralded novel called Night Falls on the City became a surprise bestseller in England and America. The city was Vienna during its long eclipse from the Anschluss to the Russian occupation in 1945. The book's scenes shifted with enough suspense to satisfy Dickens himself; its characters were successful artists, intellectuals, politicians. Yet much of the novel's appeal came from Sarah Gainham's portrait of the city itself and a settled, civilized society slowly being corrupted, within and without, by the poisonous fear...

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