Books: Collaborations

ARARAT by D.M. Thomas Viking; 191 pages; $13.50

All art is a collaboration, a translation if you like . . . plagiarism is a different matter," declares a character in Ararat. D.M. Thomas has set out to prove that dictum. In The White Hotel, his collaborative efforts were a critical and popular success. That novel began as an ingenious imitation of a case history by Freud, then moved to an account of the Nazi massacre of Jews at Babi Yar, originally written by a Russian novelist, Anatoli Kuznetsov. But what was an...

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