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Thomas Mann, John E. Woods's Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian PDF

By Thomas Mann, John E. Woods

ISBN-10: 0375701168

ISBN-13: 9780375701160

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

"Doctor Faustus is Mann's inner most inventive gesture. . . . Finely translated through John E. Woods." --The New Republic

Thomas Mann's final nice novel, first released in 1947 and now newly rendered into English by means of acclaimed translator John E. Woods, is a contemporary transforming of the Faust legend, during which Germany sells its soul to the satan. Mann's protagonist, the composer Adrian Leverkühn, is the flower of German tradition, an excellent, remoted, overreaching determine, his radical new tune a breakneck online game performed by way of artwork on the very fringe of impossibility. In go back for 24 years of exceptional musical accomplishment, he deals away his soul--and the power to like his fellow guy.

Leverkühn's lifestyles tale is a superb allegory of the increase of the 3rd Reich, of Germany's renunciation of its personal humanity and its embody of ambition and nihilism. it's also Mann's so much profound meditation at the German genius--both nationwide and individual--and the bad tasks of the really nice artist.

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Thomas Mann, John E. Woods's Doctor Faustus : The Life of the German Composer Adrian PDF

"John E. Woods is revising our influence of Thomas Mann, masterpiece via masterpiece. "  --The New Yorker"Doctor Faustus is Mann's inner most creative gesture. . . . Finely translated through John E. Woods. " --The New RepublicThomas Mann's final nice novel, first released in 1947 and now newly rendered into English by means of acclaimed translator John E.

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In certain eras a certain type of "old woman" has always been immedi­ ately suspected of witchcraft-the simple result of a disagreeably odd appearance, which probably first required suspicion for it to assume full form and be properly perfected for popular fantasy: short, griz­ zled, humpbacked, with malevolent runny eyes, hooked nose, thin lips, a cane raised in threat; probably the owner of cats, an owl, a talk­ ing bird. Kaisersaschern always harbored several specimens of the sort, of whom the most popular, the most teased and feared, was "Cellar Liese," so called because she lived in cellar quarters on Klein Gelb­ giesser Gang-an old woman whose behavior had adapted to public prejudice, until even a totally unbiased person, upon meeting her (es­ pecially if the kids were right behind her and she was driving them off in a tirade of curses), might feel an archaic shudder come over him, even though there was nothing wrong with her at all.

But it was always one of the extremes, the sheen of pitch or the flash of blue between the lashes, that capti­ vated him. Frau Elsbeth had a truly fine influence on the hired hands at Buchel-really just a few during off-season, who were then augmented only at harvest by workers from the area-and if I saw things cor­ rectly, her authority among those people was even greater than her husband's. them: the figure of Thomas the stableboy, for example, the same fellow who would meet us at the sta­ tion in Weissenfels and drive us back as well-a one-eyed man, and though exceptionally bony and tall; afflicted with a humpback that sat very high, on which he would frequently let little Adrian ride; it had been, so the meister often later assured me, a very practical and com­ fortable seat.

The knoll was called Mount Zion (a quite inappropriate, but surely age-old designa­ tion) and was good for sledding in winter, though the season seldom found me there. In summer the "peak," with its wreath of shady maples and a bench purchased by the village, offered a breezy spot with a fine view, which I would often enjoy with the Leverkiihn fam­ ily on Sunday afternoons before supper. And here I feel constrained to mention the following: The frame­ work of landscape and house where Adrian later established his life as a mature man-that is, when he settled for good with the Schweigestills in Pfeiffering near Waldshut in Upper Bavaria-very strangely resembled, even replicated, the framework of his childhood; or put another way, the setting of his later years curiously imitated that of his youth.

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