This collection of stories, poems and literary essays, by young writers from the town of Tarusa, was withdrawn after its publication in Russia-- possibly because it revealed too clearly, in its brave newness, the difficulties of reestablishing a culture whose background had been partly wiped out. The stories, mostly about young people in war or at home, have an appealing ingenuousness, as if written by people newly experimenting with the pleasures of writing. Most are sketchy; a few are strong. The poetry is generally spare and prosy. In the final section, the theories of theatre director Meyerhol'd (banned until they appeared here) and excerpts from the writing of van Bunin shine by comparison. Bunin was a great writer; that he and other older Russian writers are praised and imitated in this collection is a hopeful sign in a literature still learning and relearning. Specialized.