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THE MALCONTENTS by C.P. SNOW 277 pages. Scribners. $6.95.

The man who fostered the notion of the Two Cultures has now encountered a third: the youth culture. Encountered, though, is not quite the word. On the evidence of The Malcontents, C.P. Snow seems to have heard about youth from a distance and caught only a faint echo. Bomb throwers? Draft dodgers? Snow's radical cell of students is exercised about a racist slumlord who happens to be an influential Tory M.P.; they are plotting to subject him to what, for the English, still seems to be the worst of fates: public exposure.

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