The Magic Mountain (Paperback)Thomas Mann (author)
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This European masterpiece from the Nobel prizewinner explores the lure and degeneracy of ideas in an introverted community on the eve of World War I.
Hans Castorp is 'a perfectly ordinary, if engaging young man' when he goes to visit his cousin in an exclusive sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. What should have been a three week trip turns into a seven year stay. Hans falls in love and becomes intoxicated with the ideas he hears at the clinic - ideas which will strain and crack apart in a world on the verge of the First World War.
'Magnificent... a beautiful, feverish account of obsessive love' Jonathan Coe, Guardian
'The greatest German novelist of the 20th century' Spectator
Publisher: Vintage Publishing
Number of pages: 752
Weight: 540 g
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 129 mm
Featuring lengthy debates between humanist freemasons and Jews-turned-Catholics, a long love-scene written entirely in French and a brilliant hallucinatory journey down the snowy slopes, it merits multiple readings. A novel for a lifetime not just a rainy afternoon * Guardian *
A monumental writer * Sunday Telegraph *
The greatest German novelist of the 20th century * Spectator *
Mann is Germany's outstanding modern classic, a decadent representative of the tradition of Goethe and Schiller. With his famous irony, he was up there with Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud, holding together the modern world with a love of art and imagination to compensate for the emptiness left by social and religious collapse. * Independent *
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