Autumn 1949 • Vol. XI No. 4 Book ReviewsOctober 1, 1949 |

Ganglionic Man

The Sphere by Ramón J. Sender. Translated by F. Giovanelli. Hellman, Williams. $3.00 Federico Saila, a Spanish Republican who has escaped through France, is bound for America. He carries a pistol, with which to commit suicide sometime before the voyage ends, perhaps when his credit is exhausted in the bar. The suicide contemplated is partly metaphorical, another symbol in The Sphere—the ethnic suicide that any exile, that Mr. Sender himself, has committed by coming to America. To order his thoughts about death, to answer the imperious question as to what principle in him wills to die, Saila desultorily scribbles his reflections upon the nature of belief. These evolve into the philosophy of "the ganglionic man vs. the person." Ganglionic man is apparently the man of animal faith, the intuitive man, the man at one with the animal, the vegetable and the mineral kingdom. The person, on the other hand, is an aggregate of attitudes and masks that the intellect invents in trying

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