Books: Rags and Bones

ADAM RESURRECTED by Yoram Kaniuk, translated from the Hebrew by Seymour Simckes. 370 pages. Atheneum. $8.95.

His name is Adam Stein, and he is a kind of W.C. Fields of the Jews. Once he was Europe's greatest clown, and more than that, a clairvoyant who could tell the history of anybody in the audience from a piece of cloth held in his hand, read whole books through their covers, and even, just by looking into a man's eyes, tell that he had quarreled with his wife the night before. Chatting about a movie, he would automatically register that the hero spoke 4,266...

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