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HB DJ first edition. DJ not clipped. Black cloth boards. Impressed TM front near centre edge. Gilt titles + 2 gilt line bands spine. 24.1 x 16.8cm. 534 handcut pages. New translation from the German by John E. Woods of Thomas Mann's most famous and important novel, a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which 20th century Germany sells its soul to the devil. Condition: Slight shelf rub on DJ edges, otherwise appears unused. VGC. Please note, heavy book, if sent outside UK may incur extra postage. N° de ref. de la librería
Sinopsis: The new translation, by the masterly John E. Woods, of one of Thomas Mann's most famous and important novels: his modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which twentieth-century Germany sells its soul to the devil.
Mann's protagonist, Adrian Leverkühn, is one of the most significant characters in the literature of our era, for it is in him that Mann centers the tragedy of Germany's seduction by evil. This modern Faust is a great artist: Leverkühn is a musical genius who trades body and soul in a Mephistophelian bargain for twenty-four years of triumph as the world's greatest composer. He is isolated, brilliant, a radical experimenter who both plays and thinks at the very edges of artistic possibility. The story of his life becomes an apocalyptic narrative of his country's moral collapse as it surges into the catastrophe of World War II. No simple symbolic figure, Leverkühn is himself, almost paradoxically, a morally driven man in the vortex of an entire culture's self-destruction.
Through the wonderful--and terrible--story of Leverkühn's life and death, Mann not only gave us his most profound writing on the very nature and heart of all art--how it is created and how it impinges on every aspect of our experience: artistic, religious, political, sexual, psychological--but also forced his countrymen (the novel was first published fifty years ago, in 1947) to come face-to-face with how they had fallen prey to all that was most lethal in their heritage.
About the Author: 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.
Título: Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German ...
Editorial: Alfred A Knopf
Año de publicación: 1997
Condición del libro: Very Good
Edición: First Edition.
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Good. Item may show signs of shelf wear. Pages may include limited notes and highlighting. Includes supplemental or companion materials if applicable. Access codes may or may not work. Connecting readers since 1972. Customer service is our top priority. Nº de ref. de la librería mon0001111102
Descripción Knopf. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Light to moderate shelf wear. Complete. No apparent underlining/highlighting. Nº de ref. de la librería 998411
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Estado de conservación: Good. A+ Customer service! Satisfaction Guaranteed! Book is in Used-Good condition. Pages and cover are clean and intact. Used items may not include supplementary materials such as CDs or access codes. May show signs of minor shelf wear and contain limited notes and highlighting. Nº de ref. de la librería 0375400540-2-4
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Used: Acceptable. Nº de ref. de la librería SONG0375400540
Descripción Knopf. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 0375400540 1948 Knopf hard cover - stated First American Edition - no dust jacket - owner's name inside cover - otherwise cover fine binding strong page edge and contents clean - a fine solid tight collectible - enjoy. Nº de ref. de la librería 00-YY4D-0FFJ
Descripción Knopf. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. 0375400540 1948 Knopf hard cover - stated First Edition - no dust jacket - minor wear to cover - minor staining to page edge - otherwise binding strong contents clean a fine collectible - enjoy. Nº de ref. de la librería 7H-PIRX-U5UV
Descripción Alfred A Knopf, New York U. S. A., 1948. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: As New. Estado de la sobrecubierta: Fair. Marfree, collectable Fine stated 1st Amer Ed of 1948 (N. B. -NOT the 2nd trans by J E Woods! ) beautifully bound in black satin w/ gilt dec on spine & blind embossing on F, sunned DJ designed by Geo Salter has couple of chips less than an inch + more sunning & a tape repair verso to spine; no names, not marked-in, underscored, clearance or discard. Mails from NYC usually within 12 hours.; 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.8 inches; 510 pages; Thomas Mann at his tragic best! Jan 5, 2000 By D. Roberts (Battle Creek, Michigan USA) - For those of you who have not done so already, I would highly recommend reading Marlowe's "Doctor Faustus" and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe's "Faust" before taking this one on. It will make more sense that way and will also provide a remarkable opportunity to see the evolution of a wonderful myth. Now, to attempt to summarize a masterpiece like this in a few words is absurd, but I will do my best. Marlowe's Faust is the most straightforward of the three (not that it is not a great work of literature itself, mind you) . Faust is an absolutely brilliant character who is so brilliant, in fact, that he is bored with life. So he makes a deal with Mephistopheles (one of Satan's demons) that he will have 25 years of almost omnipotence, being able to do anything and possessing almost god-like powers. However, when the 25 years are up, his soul will belong to the devil. Goethe's Faust is one of the top 5 or so greatest exemplars of literature ever written. It is, quite simply, astounding. In short, the plot is kinda/sorta the same, only in Goethe there is no time limit in the agreement with Mephistopheles. Rather, at the point when Faust ceases to press on and becomes sedentary, the devil has him. It is the moment in which Faust utters "Stay, moment, stay.thou art so fair" that he will be doomed. I do not want to say anything more about Goethe's Faust so that I can refrain from giving anything away. At any rate, enter Thomas Mann with a 20th century twist on the myth. Adrian Leverkuhn sells his soul to the devil for a new form of music. Satan grants his wish and gives him Schoenberg's 12 tone. (Of course, it is Leverkuhn's 12 tone in the novel) . For Mann, this was symbolically a representative of how 20th century man sells his soul to the devil; it is thru the trivialization of art. The 12 tone, although a brilliant conception, is none-the-less something other than music for Mann (and for myself, if I may add) . Mirrored to Leverkuhn's fate is the seduction of the German people by Adolf Hitler. Hitler promised them great glories and a feeling of invincibility. For a brief time (like in a Faustian pact) he delivered on his promise. However, in the end, the Germans paid dearly for their hubris. The end of the war brought along with it the destruction of Her Dresden China; Dresden, the very cultural and artistic heart and soul of Germany, was all but destroyed. This book is truly an epic and is not for leisure or light reading. However, it is a must for anyone interested in the Faustian myth, World War II, German history, Thomas Mann or any combination thereof. A tremendous novel. Nº de ref. de la librería 22106
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Very Good. Great condition with minimal wear, aging, or shelf wear. Nº de ref. de la librería P020375400540
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: Like New. Almost new condition. Nº de ref. de la librería P010375400540
Descripción Knopf, 1997. Hardcover. Estado de conservación: New. Never used!. Nº de ref. de la librería P110375400540