Many of these short stories read like episodes out of Feuchtwanger's own experience; others have a symbolic quality --sort of contemporary legend, as in the stories of ""the dictator"" --quite obviously Hitler, and ""the marshall"" -- equally obviously von Hindenberg. There are a very few stories with historical and biographical background of the past, -- one of Nore, another of Warren Hastings. There are a number with a psychological slant, and others that are brief and isolated recapturing of mood, of incident. As the editorial note says, they represent the continental attitude of human characterization rather than an organized plot pattern. Harvest of 20 years, by the author of the Josephus novels, Simone and others.