"Though both stories are initially intriguing, neither's premise is developed satisfactorily or surprisingly, and many readers may find their inconclusiveness deeply disappointing."
Escape Hatch: Two Novellas ($24.00; May 31, 1996; 193 pp.; 0-87501-110-1) Two futuristic novellas, discursive and allegorical to a fault, from a veteran Russian writer who has previously won his country's ``Little Booker'' Prize. ``Escape Hatch'' describes a city run, and overrun, by criminals from which escape to a more genteel ``world'' is offered through a passage available only to the story's conflicted protagonist.
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