Doctor Faustus: The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverkühn as Told by a Friend

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Vintage International, 1999 - Fiction - 534 pages
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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.

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User Review  - John Pappas - Goodreads

What an edifice of a novel this is to scale! Mann's tale of a composer who sells his soul and relinquishes his humanity to become a musical genius bigger than Beethoven is an allegory for Germany's ... Read full review

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User Review  - Elena - Goodreads

This is not a beach book. The literature on Thomas Mann's "Doktor Faustus" is huge, and I'm glad I didn't try to master it all. I tackled the novel (actually re-reading it after 40 years) with an ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter I
5
Chapter II
9
Chapter III
14
Chapter IV
24
Chapter V
33
Chapter VI
38
Chapter VII
43
Chapter VIII
53
Chapter XXVII
277
Chapter XXVIII
291
Chapter XXIX
301
Chapter XXX
316
Chapter XXXI
327
Chapter XXXII
341
Chapter XXXIII
354
Chapter XXXIV
371

Chapter IX
78
Chapter X
89
Chapter XI
95
Chapter XII
101
Chapter XIII
108
Chapter XIV
120
Chapter XV
136
Chapter XVI
146
Chapter XVII
154
Chapter XVIII
159
Chapter XIX
163
Chapter XX
169
Chapter XXI
183
Chapter XXII
198
Chapter XXIII
209
Chapter XXIV
226
Chapter XXV
237
Chapter XXVI
266
continued
381
conclusion
390
Chapter XXXV
399
Chapter XXXVI
408
Chapter XXXVII
417
Chapter XXXVIII
429
Chapter XXXIX
437
Chapter XL
445
Chapter XLI
455
Chapter XLII
463
Chapter XLIII
474
Chapter XLIV
482
Chapter XLV
496
Chapter XLVI
504
Chapter XLVII
516
Epilogue
528
Authors Note
535
Copyright

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About the author (1999)

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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