Café Berlin

byHarold Nebenzal.Overlook, $22.95. The first-person narrator of Mr. Nebenzal’s novel is Daniel Saporta, a multilingual Sephardic Jew who is lurking in a Berlin attic in 1943. He has been there for close to two years, thanks to the loyalty of a German friend and former employee of Saporta’s fashionable nightclub. I low the son of a respectable spice merchant in Damascus came to he the proprietor of a raffish cafe catering to an extremely raffish clientele is a story that combines the picaresque with the spy thriller, the idyllic with the decadent, and does it very well.