This Is Our World, by Louis Fischer
Although dedicated to “the Gandhians of all countries,” Mr. Fischer’s latest volume is more likely to appeal to admirers of Mr. Nehru, not all of whom are as enamored of Gandhi as is the author. There is indeed an unresolved tension between Mr. Fischer’s professional preoccupation with daily happenings in the political sphere and his half-suppressed yearning for a metapolitical standpoint leaving the world-weary traveler free to brood over the spiritual meaning of the events jotted down in his casebook. This may account for the obvious fascination Nehru has for him, and his liking for the Indians generally. Unfortunately, most of the book is cast in the form of a travel diary which takes the author away from his favorite haunts to uncongenial places such as Berlin, London, and Washington, though here and there—in Paris, talking to Sartre and Malraux, in Belgrade, arguing Communism with Djilas—he is able to operate simultaneously at both levels. Not surprisingly, the accounts of these discussions are more satisfactory than either the travel notes or the purely political digressions that interlard them.
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