Books: Divided Soul

MEMOIRS OF AN ANTI-SEMITE by Gregor von Rezzori Viking; 287 pages; $13.95

These five long stories are connected by a single protagonist and a ruling obsession. They begin with a young boy growing up in the 1920s in northern Rumania. The time is already out of joint for his upper-class parents, who still mourn the death of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the succeeding decades are to prove even harder on the son. Near the end, he is a bitter old man in Rome, looking back on "half a century—and what a century!" of chaos...

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