Joseph and His Brothers

ISBN-10: 1400040019

ISBN-13: 9781400040018

Edition: 2004

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Description: This remarkable new translation of the Nobel Prize—winner’s great masterpiece is a major literary event. Thomas Mann regarded his monumental retelling of the biblical story of Joseph as his magnum opus. He conceived of the four parts–The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, and Joseph the Provider–as a unified narrative, a “mythological novel” of Joseph’s fall into slavery and his rise to be lord over Egypt. Deploying lavish, persuasive detail, Mann conjures for us the world of patriarchs and pharaohs, the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and the universal force of human love in all its beauty, desperation, absurdity, and pain. The result is a brilliant amalgam of humor, emotion, psychological insight, and epic grandeur. Now the award-winning translator John E. Woods gives us a definitive new English version of Joseph and His Brothers that is worthy of Mann’s achievement, revealing the novel’s exuberant polyphony of ancient and modern voices, a rich music that is by turns elegant, coarse, and sublime.

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Book details

List price: $42.00
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Publication date: 5/10/2005
Binding: Hardcover
Pages: 1536
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.25" long x 2.25" tall
Weight: 2.442
Language: English

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.

The stories of Jacob
Prelude : descent into Hell
At the well
Jacob and Esau
The story of Dinah
The flight
In Laban's service
The sisters
Rachel
Young Joseph
Thoth
Abraham
Joseph and Benjamin
The dreamer
The journey to his brothers
The stone at the grave
The mutilation
Joseph and his brothers
Joseph in Egypt
The descent
The entrance into Sheol
The arrival
The highest
The man of blessing
The smitten woman
The pit
Joseph the Provider
The second pit
The summons
The Cretan Loggia
The time of permissions and liberties
Tamar
The Holy game
Restoration
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