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VIA MALA — John Knittel — Stokes ($2.50).

Because the Swiss for a long time have been professional neutrals, innkeepers, paid hosts to congresses of tourists, invalids and impotent statesmen, a literary tradition has sprung up that they are a race of small-minded, closefisted, petty burghers, slightly comic but mostly dull." In Via Mala Swiss Author John Knittel goes a long way toward exploding this commercialized tradition, shows that the Swiss, like other people, are human, passionate, beleaguered by all the human vices and virtues. A humane melodrama. Via Mala is written on...

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