The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

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With this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Thomas Mann rose to the front ranks of the great modern novelists, winning the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1929. The Magic Mountain takes place in an exclusive tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps-a community devoted to sickness that serves as a fictional microcosm for Europe in the days before the First World War. To this hermetic and otherworldly realm comes Hans Castorp, an "ordinary young man" who arrives for a short visit and ends up staying for seven years, during which he succumbs both to the lure of eros and to the intoxication of ideas.
 

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Thomas Mann was born in 1875 in Germany. He was only twenty-five when his first novel, Buddenbrooks, was published. In 1924 The Magic Mountain was published, and, five years later, Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Following the rise of the Nazis to power, he left Germany for good in 1933 to live in Switzerland and then in California, where he wrote Doctor Faustus (first published in the United States in 1948). Thomas Mann died in 1955.
 
Published April 29, 2005 by Everyman's Library. 854 pages
Genres: Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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A beautifully written, three-part story of New York's Saranac Lake region, of Dr. Edward Trudeau, who founded there America's first sanitorium for the treatment of tuberculosis, and of the battle against TB, the 19th century's most widely romanticized killer disease.

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A new translation of Mann's great 1924 novel, long acclaimed as a masterly synthesis of the intellectual history of early 20th- century Europe and for its prescient scrutiny of elements in the German national character that had, and would again, find expression in the calamitous form of the world...

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N his new novel, Curtis White delivers an audacious updating of Thomas Mann's classic novel ''The Magic Mountain.'' White's main character, like Mann's, is named Hans Castorp, and both novels open with the same words: ''An unassuming young man was traveling .

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Set in a tuberculosis sanatorium during the years immediately prior to the Great War, this book is many things: a modernist classic, a traditional bildungsroman, a comedy of manners, an allegory of pre-war bourgeois Europe, and – perhaps most importantly this time of year – the ideal book to keep...

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Publishers Weekly

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New translation of Mann's classic novel.

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BC Books

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But at another level, he is just a bystander whose function in the novel is to witness the different expositions and illustrations of these different philosophies.

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BC Books

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This is perhaps a mountain of a book that can be categorized as a spectacular piece of literature.

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PopMatters

Mann became estranged from his brother, Heinrich, during the First World War as a result of Heinrich’s general castigation of the war and outspoken support of the French intellectual character.

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But from the early pages of the book, it was clear he was going down with the rest of them, and he did, gradually succumbing to the rest cures and twice-daily temperature-takings, gradually slipping further into the small world of the ill.

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