Books: Fight at the Frontal Lobe

THE MAN WITH A SHATTERED WORLD

by A.R. LURIA 165 pages. Basic Books. $6.95.

Nobody promised Comrade Zasetsky a rose garden; it did not seem necessary. Before going off to fight the Germans in 1941, he was young, healthy, bright and idealistic. He had three years of polytechnical training behind him and a beckoning future in research or development, or perhaps even a prestige niche in Soviet middle management. But in March 1943, outside of Smolensk, a German bullet not only destroyed Zasetsky's future but eliminated most of his past as well.

The wound damaged a part of his brain that deciphered perceptions of...

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