justify yes* Bringing Up Girls In Bohemia ($27.95; paper $12.95; Jan. 15, 1997; 192 pp.; 1-887378-04-9; paper 1-887378-05-7): A brash, ironic look at ``swinging'' Prague today, seen through a writer-teacher's infatuated fixation on his pupil Beata: a willful rich girl whose mercurial temperament and devil-may-care excesses drive her toward self-destruction. The novel is consistently sardonic, energetic, and funny, and features a terrific supporting cast of eccentric street people and devious go-getters. But beneath its scattershot surface, we're never unaware of its narrator's stubborn, proud mainstay against the pull of Beata's sensual egoism: his belief in the healing and uplifting powers of art. It's quite a trick to present this contrast without becoming sanctimonious, but Viewegh pulls it off beautifully. . . .