Megan Harlan
January 12, 1996 AT 05:00 AM EST

Eveless Eden

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Marianne Wiggins

We gave it an A

EVELESS EDEN Marianne Wiggins (HarperCollins, $23) Set in the world of international journalism from 1986 to 1991 — with stops in Paris, London, Berlin, and Cameroon — this love story examines nothing less than the borders between good and evil, love and hate, women and men, all delivered in Wiggins’ virtuoso style. In a feverishly wry and self-aware voice, newspaperman Noah relates falling in love with Lilith, a mysterious photojournalist, only to lose her to Adam, the shady Romanian minister of trade. When the couple disappear into Ceausescu’s Romania and its unspeakable horrors, Noah isn’t far behind. The narrative dazzles with wordplay and allusion and keeps every metaphorical plate from the Genesis myth swiftly spinning — often to ironic effect. Like the political upheavals it so vividly depicts, Eden is a coup: a brilliant, provocative romp. A

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