Books: Meshes of Anamorphosis

HIDDEN FACES—Salvador Dali—Dial ($3).

This week New England's latest flowering produced a veritable rum blossom. Written in "implacable" 14-hour stretches during a four-month "retirement in the mountains of New Hampshire," Surrealist Painter Salvador Dali's Hidden Faces is the year's tipsiest first novel.

For Novelist Dali Hidden Faces is a revealing study of contemporary French high society. It is also "an anagram sealed in the fire of my personality and in the blood of my wife." Some of its surrealistic characters:

¶Beautiful Veronica Stevens, who was in love with a masked aviator whose face she...

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