Books: Prelude to Battle

EUROPA — Robert Briffault — Scribner ($2.75).

European novelists who matured before the War have found one theme more inspiring than any other. This is the vision of European society driving innocently toward a catastrophe so vast and overwhelming that even the most daring pre-War imaginations could not visualize it. The theme of Jules Remains' Men of Good Will, it is also the dominant note in Thomas Mann's The Magic Mountain, in Marcel Proust's The Remembrance of Things Past. Even the cloistered Henry James, at the outbreak of the War, wrote that to consider...