Joseph and His Brothers: The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, Joseph the Provider

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Everyman's Library, 2005 - Fiction - 1492 pages
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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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Review: Joseph and His Brothers (Joseph und seine Brüder #1-4)

User Review  - Lee - Goodreads

A six-star masterpiece of authority, erudition, execution, insight, wisdom, relevance, characterization, and epic adventure. Move over, The Magic Mountain -- this one deserves your reputation and ... Read full review

Review: Joseph and His Brothers (Joseph und seine Brüder #1-4)

User Review  - Ben - Goodreads

Yes, Abram had knowingly shared his high optimism with his family. He was called Abiram, which may have meant "my father is exalted," or, quite rightly and probably, "father of the Exalted." For in ... Read full review

Contents

Prelude Descent into Hell
3
Part One AT THE WELL
42
Pari Two JACOB AND ESAU
93
Part Three THE STORY OF DINAH
119
Part Four THE FLIGHT
147
Pan Five IN LABANS SERVICE
196
Pari Six THE SISTERS
229
Part Seven RACHEL
269
The House of the Wrapped
609
Part Three THE ARRIVAL
621
The Dwarves
640
Part Four THE HIGHEST
674
Part Five THE MAN OF BLESSING
740
Part Six THE SMIT TEN WOMAN
815
Part Seven THE
932
Prelude in Higher Echelons
1041

Part One THOTH
316
Part Two ABRAHAM
339
Pan Three JOSEPH AND BENJAMIN
356
Part Four THE DREAMER
381
Pari Five THE JOURNEY TO HIS BROTHERS
425
Part Six THE STONE AT THE GRAVE
476
Part Seven THE MUTILATION
512
Part One THE DESCENT
540
Pan Two THE ENTRANCE INTO SHEOL
587
Part One T H E S EC OND PI
1052
Part Two THE SUMMONS
1108
Part Three THE CRETAN LOGGIA
1143
Part Four THE TIME OF PERMISSIONS
1209
Part Five TAMAR
1254
Part Six THE HOLY GAME
1287
The Meal with the Brothers 347
1347
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About the author (2005)

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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