War vaporizes the relations between those left at home in Poland, two girls- Kira and Susan, and those they love who are carried off to foreign soil, Susan's fiance, a favorite aunt, and Kira's Italian turncoat who soon forgets her. Gradually the absent assume the same unreality for the girls as does the memory of their protected pre-war existence, while to those abroad the girls and their country fades to an occasional, guilty memory. Each life is pulled apart by the counteracting forces of presence and absence, fissured by the thoughts of what might have been had the war not intervened. There is latent power here, but it is dispersed by too many characters, too many considerations; the megalomania of occupying German officials; the underground, collaborators, the razing of the Warsaw Ghetto, the uneasy alliance of a Polish pilot and a British girl, and an aunt's desperate effort to recapture a former love. A good translation, perhaps more English than American, this has a particular interest for Polish people and is more feminine in cast.