Books: Dead End


by Jerzy Kosinski

Hough ton Mifflin; 236 pages; $8.95

Jerzy Kosinski's sixth novel takes up where Cockpit, his previous bestseller, took up: an international adventurer glides through a modern landscape as ugly and alluring as sin. George Levanter, an Eastern European refugee from Nazi and Soviet persecution, is a "self-employed idea man." In fact he works in some hazy free-lance fashion for a firm called Investors International and follows a circular itinerary from the Swiss Alps to Beverly Hills and back to the snow again.

As before, Kosinski turns his hero's journeys into a travelogue of depravity. By the time Levanter is 15,...

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