Books: Unlikely Archetype

THE REVOLUTIONARY by Hans Koningsberger. 212 pages. Farrar, Straus & Giroux. $4.95.

Hans Koningsberger is an unabashed romantic who believes that intuition is a novelist's best guide. In a few spare, insightful bedroom novels (The Affair, An American Romance), his judgment could hardly be faulted. Last year, after a brief tour of Red China, Koningsberger attempted to add his own intuition to China reportage. The result, Love and Hate in China, was both unknowing and superficial.

Now pressing on into politics, Koningsberger sets out to delineate the psyche of a revolutionary. In this case, the revolutionary is a young university student, known in...

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