Books: Gide on Russia

RETURN FROM THE U. S. S. R.—André Gide—Knopf ($1).

Like Thomas Mann for Germany, like José Ortega y Gasset for Spain, André Gide speaks for a living part of his nation, and speaks to the world. French Author Gide's reputation is enormously greater than his popularity. He had never written a best-seller until, at 67, he visited what he thought was the Promised Land, returned to confess that he was mistaken.

Within a few weeks of its publication in France, Return From the U. S. S. R. sold over 100,000 copies. Reason: a writer of great reputation and acknowledged integrity, who had...

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