What are contemporary Russians writing today? Here is one answer in a collection of modern stories, written by some dozen authors, whose names are unfamiliar to American readers. Predominant through all of their writing is the sense of sacrificial patriotism which the Soviet has inspired in her people, so that men, women and children are subjecting all personal needs and emotions to their love of country. Spare undemonstrative writing throughout; there are stories that are simply incidents or episodes or extracts from the diary of a guerilla fighter; there are stories of individual heroism in the deeds of a pilot, a tank man, a ward nurse, an old grandmother, a boy of twelve, etc. Most of them are moving, perhaps through their very objectivity. Of interest as close-ups of Russia at war.