Winter 1958 • Vol. XX No. 1 Book Reviews |

Two Renaissance Novels

Fires On The Plain by Shohei Ooka. Knopf. $3.50 The Makioka Sisters by Junichiro Tanizaki. Knopf. $4.95. Fiction writers a kind of aborigines, defend a constantly diminishing territory. They are raided from all sides by pillagers who steal their techniques and material—journalists on the brighter papers and magazines, television writers, authors of semi-factual "accounts" of something or other, people who write "Paris" or "Berlin" letters instead of Paris or Berlin stories, all the interminable autobiographers in magazines like The New Yorker, and even composers of advertising copy. In fact, the Empire of Quasi-Fiction seems established everywhere, and when we have so much of the decorated half-truth, what room is there for the pure artistic lie? In one form or another, critics are always making this observation and, of course, the evident statistics support them. At this particular moment, the general level of quality in pure fiction is probably lower than it has been

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