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Ariel Dorfman. Penguin Books, $9 (160pp) ISBN 978-0-14-011659-5

Set in occupied Greece during WW II, Dorfman's first novel to be translated into English limns the women of a village whose men have been imprisoned and killed as conspirators. Confronting their oppressors, the widows stubbornly resist their power and what it represents. ``His beautifully understated tale is as powerful as it is moving,'' PW remarked. (Feb.)