Fall 1961 • Vol. XXIII No. 4 Book Reviews |

Thoughts on a Masked Stranger

Between Past And Future by Hannah Arendt. The Viking Press, $5.00. The only general point that needs to be made about Hannah Arendt's new book is that it is a worthy and natural successor to The Human Condition. Here again is that highly structured and finely elaborated series of thought patterns, and that characteristic counterpointing of classical philosophy and etymology with Marx and the Existentialists. It can be read as art, and it bears on our common problems. It is often illuminating, and some of its insights are real and memorable. I want to pay this more than ordinary tribute, but go on to consider certain elements in Arendt's style of thinking which seem to me to deserve the rigor of criticism. The book is a collection of six essays, introduced by a preface which is poised on an image of Kafka's: the antagonist from behind and the antagonist blocking the road ahead, with man pressed between them—between past and future—but capable in an unguarded moment of jump

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