The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

By Thomas Mann


With this dizzyingly wealthy novel of principles, Thomas Mann rose to front ranks of the good glossy novelists, successful the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. The Magic Mountain happens in an specific tuberculosis hospital within the Swiss Alps–a neighborhood dedicated to illness that serves as a fictional microcosm for Europe within the days earlier than the 1st international battle. To this airtight and otherworldly realm comes Hans Castorp, an “ordinary younger guy” who arrives for a quick stopover at and finally ends up staying for seven years, in which he succumbs either to the entice of eros and to the intoxication of ideas.


Acclaimed translator John E. Woods has given us the definitive English model of Mann’s masterpiece. A enormous paintings of erudition and irony, sexual pressure and highbrow ferment, The Magic Mountain is an everlasting classic.

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Work on the novella was interrupted by the First World War. Mann spent the war years writing passionately in support of the German cause. His ‘Thoughts in War’, his praise of Frederick the Great as a man of action, his Reflections of an Unpolitical Man, are definitions of the German genius which, he asserts, is concerned with Nature, not Mind, with Culture as opposed to Civilization, with military organization and soldierly virtues. * *T. J. Reed, Thomas Mann: The Uses of Tradition. Culture is German.

He is in fact only the idea of a living presence. It is perhaps worth remarking that Hans Castorp’s curious pursuit his contemplative moments which he refers to from childhood on as ‘regieren’—reigning, governing—are also related to the instinctive animal well-being Mann admires in Goethe and Tolstoy. ) At such moments Castorp is wiser and sounder than the frenzied beings around him. Thomas Mann saw himself as one in a line of German artists—the line ran from Goethe through Nietzsche and Wagner.

1966. Über naive und sentimentalische Dichtung, ed. William F. Mainland, Basil Blackwell. 1951. SONTHEIMER, KURT, Thomas Mann und die Deutschen, Fischer, Frankfurt am Main, 1965. A lively German apologia for Mann the political contortionist. STERN, J. , Hitler. The Führer and the People, Fontana and University of California Press, 1975; A Study of Nietzsche, Cambridge University Press, 1979. Opposite poles of Mann’s cosmos. STERN, J. , Thomas Mann, Columbia University Press, 1967. SWALE, MARTIN, Thomas Mann, Heinemann Educational Books, 1980.

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