This is a book of 13 self-contained stories which are nevertheless lifted from Jahnn's longer works. Most of the stories are in the form of myths or sagas, as such the behavior of most of the characters seems sometimes illogical. If you think of other myths however the behavior makes more sense. The stories elucidate some of Jahnn's recurring themes of twinning, putrefaction, life after death, Atheism, Communism, etc. There is one very nice conventional story called The Twins. The stories are drawn from Perrudja or Fluss ohne Ufer (River without Banks), except on story Kebad Kenya which comes from The Ship (incorrectly attributed to Fuss ohne Ufer). Each story has a brief paragraph by the translator giving a capsule of the themes of the particular story. These stories were actually compile by Jahnn for this collection. There are a few grammatical and spelling errors.The book has an excellent footnoted Introduction which gives a short biography and overview of Jahnn's writing and the recurring themes in his works. The whole thing reads like a masters English thesis, which it probably is. There is also a good bibliography where unfortunately most of the referenced works are not in English or in obscure journals.I don't know who puts this data in or who edits these entries but the data for this book is all incorrect. Wrong publishing date (1984), wrong number of pages (165), etc.I would only recommend this book for those specifically interested in Jahnn's work.