Fall 1945 • Vol. VII No. 4 Book Reviews |

A Tract for the Time

The Yogi And The Commissar by Arthur Koestler. Macmillan. $2.50. Whatever else may be said of Arthur Koestler, there is no doubt that he is one of the most spectacular writers today. This is partly due to his journalistic agility, but even more so, I think, to his flair for what might be called the genre of the contemporary. All his writing has an air of immediacy and centrality, and he is ever aware of what is most urgent in our thinking. Thus the themes of his novels as well as his essays are drawn from the political crises of the last decade and their moral and psychological effects; and if what he offers us in his own right rarely goes beyond a rather brilliant summation of the most advanced opinions—that is simply another indication of his faithful contemporaneity. Koestler's distinction lies in his ability to epigrammatize the confusions of the time. Hence Koestler's work is at once sober and sensational, combining an informed and sophisticated historic sensibility w

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