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BACK TO THE TOP OF THE WORLD

by HANS RUESCH

202 pages. Scribners. $6.95.

At the top of the world, far north of the Arctic Circle, snow falls only in the summer. The rest of the year is too cold for precipitation, for vegetation and, one would suppose, for human life. Yet a few hundred nomadic polar Eskimos prowl the icy region, always shadowed by the imminence of death from cold or starvation. They describe themselves simply as Inuit—The Men.

Their sorrows (and joys) are the stuff of this factually sound, stark, deft novel. A sequel to Author Ruesch's widely praised Top of...

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