Books: Teaching the Grammar of Hell

THE PORTAGE TO SAN CRISTOBAL OF A.H. by George Steiner Simon & Schuster; 128 pages; $13.50

If Adolf Hitler were finally found alive in the jungles of Brazil, what should be done with him? If he were brought into the room, what would you do? Would you rise?

That bitter game has long fascinated George Steiner, 52, polymathic professor of literature and author of brilliant essays ranging from Homer to Schoenberg and Heidegger. So when he heard that Nazi Hunter Simon Wiesenthal had found the spoor of Mass Murderer Martin Bormann, he began...

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