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Doctor Faustus :the life of the German composer, Adrian Leverkèuhn, as told by a friend

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"John E. Woods is revising our impression of Thomas Mann, masterpiece by masterpiece."  --The New Yorker

"Doctor Faustus is Mann's deepest artistic gesture. . . . Finely translated by John E. Woods." --The New Republic

Thomas Mann's last great novel, first published in 1947 and now newly rendered into English by acclaimed translator John E. Woods, is a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which Germany sells its soul to the Devil. Mann's protagonist, the composer Adrian Leverkühn, is the flower of German culture, a brilliant, isolated, overreaching figure, his radical new music a breakneck game played by art at the very edge of impossibility. In return for twenty-four years of unparalleled musical accomplishment, he bargains away his soul--and the ability to love his fellow man.

Leverkühn's life story is a brilliant allegory of the rise of the Third Reich, of Germany's renunciation of its own humanity and its embrace of ambition and nihilism. It is also Mann's most profound meditation on the German genius--both national and individual--and the terrible responsibilities of the truly great artist.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780679739050
Subtitle:
The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkuhn as Told by a Friend
Author:
Mann, Thomas
Author:
Woods, John E.
Publisher:
Vintage
Location:
New York :
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Classics
Subject:
Novels and novellas
Subject:
Continental european fiction (fictional works
Subject:
Germany
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Political fiction
Subject:
Allegories
Subject:
Germany History 20th century Fiction.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Vintage International
Series Volume:
A 311
Publication Date:
19990727
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8.1 x 5.2 x .9 in .875 lb

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