Plato's Republic has been invaded. Many writers are now deeply involved in politics: Havel in Czechoslovakia and Vargas Llosa in Peru are famous, but Goncz, one of Hungary's major dramatists and its new democratically elected president, is little known outside his own country. This situation will change, for the two plays and eight stories collected here reveal a master writer at work. Aristotle would have enjoyed Men of God and Persephone ; Lawrence would have loved the fiction. Goncz doesn't experiment: the plays observe the classical dramatic unities; the stories are not unusual in form; themes are predictably modernist. He is a delight to read. For a review of A Writer's Reali ty by Mario Vargas Llosa, see p. 128.--Ed.-- Vincent D. Balitas, Allentown Coll., Center Valley, Pa.