Books: War and Punishment

THE SEVEN DAYS OF CREATION by VLADIMIR MAXIMOV 415 pages. Knopf. $10.

Like other dissident Russian authors, Vladimir Maximov, 44, has a well-earned lien on the attention of U.S. readers: Western sympathies are automatically stirred by anyone who tilts a pen at totalitarianism. As his writings during the post-Stalinist thaw grew increasingly cool toward Communist ideology, Soviet authorities turned frigid. Maximov's support of party nonpersons, including Alexander Solzhenitsyn, finally brought about his own forced exile to Paris last year.

So The Seven Days of Creation arrives with good intentions stamped all over it....

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