Books: Icy Lights

THE BELOVED RETURNS—Thomas Mann —Knopf ($2.50).

Continually, in all his life's work, Thomas Mann has interested himself in the study of the artist, the superior man, the genius. Usually his method has been elaborately symbolic; in The Beloved Returns it is direct. On the scale of such colossal fables as Joseph and The Magic Mountain this new novel must be classified as "minor"; and, relative to their all-but-unfathomable subtleties, it might seem almost transparent. But it is by no means minor, by no means so straight-edged as it looks. To the readers whom it...

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