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Professor Martens' Departure by Jaan Kross, tr Anselm Hollo, HarperCollins, pounds 15.99. A clever, painstaking subversion of communist life. Review by Doris Lessing, 19 February.

How late it was, how late by James Kelman, Secker and Warburg, pounds 14.99. Scintillating novel detailing a hapless search for dignity. Review by Janette Turner Hospital, 2 March.