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...