Books: Out of Africa

A WOMAN NAMED SOLITUDE by ANDRE SCHWARZ-BART 178 pages. Atheneum. $5.95.

For writers like Andre Schwarz-Bart, it must sometimes seem that history is a dream with no awakening. There is a heightened talking in one's sleep, however, that is called prose fiction. In 1959 Schwarz-Bart, the French-born son of a Polish Jewish family annihilated by the Nazis, published The Last of the Just. It was a novel that rose directly out of 700 years of history and anti-Semitism onto the bestseller lists. Schwarz-Bart shaped his book around the ancient Hebrew legend of the 36 just men, whose job it was to suffer...

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