Books: Armenian Epic

THE FORTY DAYS OF MUSA DAGH—Franz Werfel—Viking ($3).

To the ordinary U. S. reader, "Armenian" suggests Levantine rug-dealers, massacres, Michael Arlen. But last week Author Franz Werfel gave the word a new and heroic significance. In The Forty Days of Musa Dagh he recited an Armenian epic founded on an actual incident of the World War. Humanizing one more bloody no-man's-land, this 817-page novel immediately takes its place, with All Quiet on the Western Front and The Case of Sergeant Grischa, as one of the War's big books.

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