Books: Transformed Legend

THE TRANSPOSED HEADS — Thomas Mann—Knopf ($2).

Thomas Mann's latest book is dedicated to his good friend, Dr. Heinrich Zimmer, ex-Heidelberg Orientalist, with the words "Returned with thanks." Mann owed Zimmer his plot: a Hindu legend which Dr. Zimmer (who now lives in New Rochelle, N.Y.) had outlined in a lecture on Kali, the Mother Goddess of India, in Switzerland in 1938. The legend:

Two sworn friends, one wise, one strong, were suitors of the same woman. The wise man won, and all three went on a journey during which the men were...

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