Books: Also Current: Mar. 2, 1962

VILLA MILO, by Xavier Domingo (192 pp.; Braziller; $4). Paco, the hero of this flavorsome but uneven novella, is a foundling growing up in a brothel. The madam, the preposterous Doña Fili, is his presumptive mother. Blanca, one of the prostitutes, is his mistress—business and her moods permitting. Acting as a combination waiter and pimp, Paco has for spiritual adviser the fat priest Don Teodulo Vena, a sensualist given to topsy-turvy metaphysics, who may be Pace's father. Don Vena explains that he is a habitué of the villa because his body, which is...

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