Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man

Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man
Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: New York Review of Books
Total Pages: 593
Release: 2021-05-18
Genre: Political Science
ISBN: 168137532X

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A classic, controversial book exploring German culture and identity by the author of Death in Venice and The Magic Mountain, now back in print. When the Great War broke out in August 1914, Thomas Mann, like so many people on both sides of the conflict, was exhilarated. Finally, the era of decadence that he had anatomized in Death in Venice had come to an end; finally, there was a cause worth fighting and even dying for, or, at least when it came to Mann himself, writing about. Mann immediately picked up his pen to compose a paean to the German cause. Soon after, his elder brother and lifelong rival, the novelist Heinrich Mann, responded with a no less determined denunciation. Thomas took it as an unforgivable stab in the back. The bitter dispute between the brothers would swell into the strange, tortured, brilliant, sometimes perverse literary performance that is Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man, a book that Mann worked on and added to throughout the war and that bears an intimate relation to his postwar masterpiece The Magic Mountain. Wild and ungainly though Mann’s reflections can be, they nonetheless constitute, as Mark Lilla demonstrates in a new introduction, a key meditation on the freedom of the artist and the distance between literature and politics. The NYRB Classics edition includes two additional essays by Mann: “Thoughts in Wartime” (1914), translated by Mark Lilla and Cosima Mattner; and “On the German Republic” (1922), translated by Lawrence Rainey.

State of Grace

State of Grace
Author: Joy Williams
Publisher: Vintage
Total Pages: 273
Release: 2011-04-13
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0307787877

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NATIONAL BOOK AWARD NOMINEE • This "beautifully crafted" (The New York Times Book Review), haunting, profoundly disquieting novel manages to be at once sparse and lush, to combine Biblical simplicity with Gothic intensity and strangeness. It is the story of Kate, despised by her mother, bound to her father by ties stronger and darker than blood. It is the story of her attempted escapes—in detached sexual encounters, at a Southern college populated by spoiled and perverse beauties, and in a doomed marriage to a man who cannot understand what she is running from. Witty, erotic, searing acute, State of Grace bears the inimitable stamp of one of our finest and most provocative writers.

Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann
Author: Martin Travers
Publisher: Palgrave Macmillan
Total Pages: 146
Release: 1992-01-01
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 9780312072063

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Examines Mann's fiction within the context of his life, as well as within the political and intellectual climate of the period in which he lived

Collected Stories

Collected Stories
Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher:
Total Pages: 870
Release: 2001
Genre:
ISBN: 9781857151961

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Famous for his novels, Thomas Mann is more accessible through the shorter fictions which span his entire career. The most famous of these stories is one of the earliest. Death in Venice was made into the celebrated Visconti film, but all his mature preoccupations are present in this story: the need for a sense of meaning in existence, the relationship between life and art, the central role of sexual energy and the strange forms it can take, the place of death and disease, the importance of work, the individual's complex relations with his society and the dominant culture. These themes are developed in a series of brilliant stories, may of them very short and displaying the author's talent for macabre comedy. Dr Faustus and Buddenbrooks are already available in Everyman

Buddenbrooks: the Decline of a Family

Buddenbrooks: the Decline of a Family
Author: Thomas Thomas Mann
Publisher:
Total Pages: 195
Release: 2021-07-20
Genre:
ISBN:

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Published in 1901, Buddenbrooks was 26-year-old Thomas Mann's first novel and the work that set his career on a relentlessly inevitable path toward winning the Nobel Prize twenty-eight years later. The story covers four generations of the titular family on their way to decline throughout the 19th century. The novel contains one of the most fascinating central metaphors for the root cause of the family's misfortune and ultimate downfall through succeeding generations: the rotting teeth of patriarch Thomas Buddenbrooks. That hidden weakness which is manifested early, but does not take full significance until after a visit to the dentist become symbol of what eventually undoes the success he worked so hard to build for the family. The genetic strain of weakness and poor health will ravage the Buddenbrook until they are no longer equipped to fend off the rivals grown more suited to survival in the world on the cusp of the 20th century.

楡家の人々

楡家の人々
Author: Morio Kita
Publisher: Kodansha
Total Pages: 765
Release: 1999
Genre: Families
ISBN: 9784770023933

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Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks

Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks
Author: Peter Gay
Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
Total Pages: 192
Release: 2003-12-17
Genre: Literary Criticism
ISBN: 039334763X

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A revelatory work that examines the intricate relationship between history and literature, truth and fiction—with some surprising conclusions. Focusing on three literary masterpieces—Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1853), Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857), and Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks (1901)—Peter Gay, a leading cultural historian, demonstrates that there is more than one way to read a novel. Typically, readers believe that fiction, especially the Realist novels that dominated Western culture for most of the nineteenth century and beyond, is based on historical truth and that great novels possess a documentary value. That trust, Gay brilliantly shows, is misplaced; novels take their own path to reality. Using Dickens, Flaubert, and Mann as his examples, Gay explores their world, their craftsmanship, and their minds. In the process, he discovers that all three share one overriding quality: a resentment and rage against the society that sustains the novel itself. Using their stylish writing as a form of revenge, they deal out savage reprisals, which have become part of our Western literary canon. A New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of 2002.

Buddenbrooks

Buddenbrooks
Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher:
Total Pages: 644
Release: 1993
Genre:
ISBN:

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Death in Venice

Death in Venice
Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: urzeni yayınevi
Total Pages: 104
Release: 2017-07-04
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 6057941705

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One of the most famous literary works of the 20th century, the novella “Death in Venice” embodies themes that preoccupied Thomas Mann (1875–1955) in much of his work; the duality of art and life, the presence of death and disintegration in the midst of existence, the connection between love and suffering, and the conflict between the artist and his inner self. Mann’s handling of these concerns in this story of a middle-aged German writer, torn by his passion for a Polish youth met on holiday in Venice, resulted in a work of great psychological intensity and tragic power.

The Belle Créole

The Belle Créole
Author: Maryse Condé
Publisher: University of Virginia Press
Total Pages: 238
Release: 2020-04-28
Genre: Fiction
ISBN: 0813944236

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Possessing one of the most vital voices in international letters, Maryse Condé added to an already acclaimed career the New Academy Prize in Literature in 2018. The twelfth novel by this celebrated author revolves around an enigmatic crime and the young man at its center. Dieudonné Sabrina, a gardener, aged twenty-two and black, is accused of murdering his employer--and lover--Loraine, a wealthy white woman descended from plantation owners. His only refuge is a sailboat, La Belle Créole, a relic of times gone by. Condé follows Dieudonné’s desperate wanderings through the city of Port-Mahault the night of his acquittal, the narrative unfolding through a series of multivoiced flashbacks set against a forbidding backdrop of social disintegration and tumultuous labor strikes in turn-of-the-twenty-first-century Guadeloupe. Twenty-four hours later, Dieudonné’s fate becomes suggestively intertwined with that of the French island itself, though the future of both remains uncertain in the end. Echoes of Faulkner and Lawrence, and even Shakespeare’s Othello, resonate in this tale, yet the drama’s uniquely modern dynamics set it apart from any model in its exploration of love and hate, politics and stereotype, and the attempt to find connections with others across barriers. Through her vividly and intimately drawn characters, Condé paints a rich portrait of a contemporary society grappling with the heritage of slavery, racism, and colonization.