Doctor Faustus The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn As Told by a Friend

ISBN-10: 0375701168
ISBN-13: 9780375701160
Edition: 1999
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Description: This is the story of German composer, Adrian Leverkuhn. Zeitblom, the narrator, tells his friend's story against the backdrop of WW2, which acts as a counterpoint to Mann's vast theme, the discord between genius and sanity.

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Book details

List price: $16.95
Copyright year: 1999
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 7/27/1999
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 544
Size: 5.25" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.946
Language: English

This is the story of German composer, Adrian Leverkuhn. Zeitblom, the narrator, tells his friend's story against the backdrop of WW2, which acts as a counterpoint to Mann's vast theme, the discord between genius and sanity.

Thomas Mann was born into a well-to-do upper class family in Lubeck, Germany. His mother was a talented musician and his father a successful merchant. From this background, Mann derived one of his dominant themes, the clash of views between the artist and the merchant. Mann's novel, Buddenbrooks (1901), traces the declining fortunes of a merchant family much like his own as it gradually loses interest in business but gains an increasing artistic awareness. Mann was only 26 years old when this novel made him one of Germany's leading writers. Mann went on to write The Magic Mountain (1924), in which he studies the isolated world of the tuberculosis sanitarium. The novel was based on his wife's confinement in such an institution. Doctor Faustus (1947), his masterpiece, describes the life of a composer who sells his soul to the devil as a price for musical genius. Mann is also well known for Death in Venice (1912) and Mario the Magician (1930), both of which portray the tensions and disturbances in the lives of artists. His last unfinished work is The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (1954), a brilliantly ironic story about a nineteenth-century swindler. An avowed anti-Nazi, Mann left Germany and lived in the United States during World War II. He returned to Switzerland after the war and became a celebrated literary figure in both East and West Germany. In 1929 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

John E. Woods won both the 1981 American Book Award and PEN award for his translation of Schmidt's Evening Edged in Gold and has published a new translation of Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks.

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