Books: Refreshing Immigrant

THIS IS MY COUNTRY — Stoyan Christowe—Carrick & Evans ($2.75).

The best-known autobiographies of U. S. immigrants—Edward Bok's autobiography, Michael Pupin's From Immigrant to Inventor, Louis Adamic's Laughing in the Jungle and My America—have been written by immigrants from the smallest countries: Holland, Serbia, Yugoslavia. With publication last week of Stoyan Christowe's autobiography, this unexplored coincidence still held good. Son of a Bulgarian village sage, stocky, fierce-looking, congenial Author Christowe, now 40, is known as a contributor to the defunct, highbrow Dial, author of two well-received books, Heroes and Assassirts, an account of Macedonian terrorists, and Mara, a novel. Least pretentious of...