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Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn as Told by a Friend (John E. Woods Translation)

Mann, Thomas

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ISBN 10: 0375400540 / ISBN 13: 9780375400544
Editorial: Alfred A Knopf, U.S.A., 1997
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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 005102

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Título: Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German ...

Editorial: Alfred A Knopf, U.S.A.

Año de publicación: 1997

Ilustrador: N/A

Condición del libro:Very Good

Condición de la sobrecubierta: Very Good

Edición: First Edition.

Tipo de libro: Hardback

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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.

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