Books: Future Tense

THE CALL GIRLS

by ARTHUR KOESTLER

167 pages. Random House. $5.95.

In Darkness at Noon (1941), one of the best political novels of the 20th century, Arthur Koestler dramatized the tragedy of men and women trapped by a megastate that they had helped create—Stalinist Russia. In The Call Girls, Koestler's first novel in 21 years, he dramatizes the tragicomedy of men and women trapped, not by a political revolution but by a knowledge revolution.

In an Alpine village, where English schoolteachers ski away from it all, Koestler assembles a mini-think tank to discuss "Approaches to Survival." The conference table is headed, appropriately, by a...

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