Katia Mann: Unwritten Memories

edited by Elisabeth von Plessen and Michael Mann. Knopf, $7.95. “The fact that I am now letting myself in for these interviews,” said the widow of Thomas Mann to the tape recorder, “can only be attributed to my weakness and good nature.” One rather doubts the weakness, but good nature and a wry, gingery humor run strongly through the lady’s chitchat memories of her beloved husband and other remarkable people. Translated by Hunter and Hildegarde Hannum.