This second novel, by an English professor, poet and historian, is a literary and often powerful allegory of the hypnotic effects of Naziism. The scene is an all-night night party at a Marshal's in the remote mountains; the style is a curious mixture of Henry James and in which a meticulous attention to detail and motives finally dissolves logic into an mist. Invited to the party is Colonel Steinbaum, a reluctant Army man whose Jewish mistress has recently been sent to a concentration camp and who has been with the idea of joining an anti-Nazi plot. But Steinbaum is also a human? and a . Drawn increasingly into the party, and into a midnight hunt later, he is touched by the Marshal's human frailty and reality. by the Marshal's young mistress, he is later interested in her motives. In short, he is both too humble and aware to hate effectively and he disintegrates to the point where he is thoroughly used... A cool, frightening, acute book for a somewhat special audience.