By Herbert Lehnert, Eva Wessell
Thomas Mann is without doubt one of the maximum of German prose writers, and used to be the 1st German novelist to arrive a large English-speaking readership given that Goethe. Novels reminiscent of Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, and Doktor Faustus attest to his mastery of sophisticated, distanced irony, whereas novellas equivalent to demise in Venice display him on the peak of his mastery of language. as well as clean insights approximately those best-known works of Mann, this quantity treats less-often-discussed works similar to Joseph and His Brothers, Lotte in Weimar, and Felix Krull, in addition to his political writings and essays. Mann himself was once a paradox: his position as family-father used to be either shelter and faГ§ade; his love of Germany used to be matched by means of his contempt for its having embraced Hitler. whereas in exile through the Nazi interval, he functioned because the leading consultant of the ''good'' Germany within the struggle opposed to fascism, and he has frequently been remembered this fashion in English-speaking lands. yet a brand new view of Mann is rising part a century after his loss of life: a view of him as one of many nice writers of a modernity understood as extending into our twenty first century. This quantity presents 16 essays through American and eu experts. They show the relevance of his writings for our time, making specific use of the biographical fabric that's now on hand. members: Ehrhard Bahr, Manfred Dierks, Werner Frizen, Clayton Koelb, Helmut Koopmann, Wolfgang Lederer, Hannelore Mundt, Peter PГјtz, Jens Rieckmann, Hans Joachim Sandberg, Egon Schwarz, and Hans Vaget.
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It is the moralistic bourgeois society as a whole that restricts individual fulfillment. Here is the hidden force that drives the story. The double standard is merely one restriction of sexuality. No straightforward moral conservatism is to be expected of Thomas Mann, for whom Nietzsche’s Zur Genealogie der Moral (On the Genealogy of Morals, 1887) was a source of orientation. While he made use of his sexual frustration, transforming it into the character of Selten, there is no reason to believe that he considers Selten’s cynicism a solution.
Surely a worldview such as Mann’s, which refuses to be static and committed, but affirms the value of human beings above all, is one that should not be alien to us. Discourse analysis can cast light on the difference between Mann’s cultural outlook and ours, provided it does not shy away from carefully exploring the historical circumstances. Since much of the Mann-research was performed by scholars who share in the values and prejudices of the German Bildungsbürger, a clear understanding of Germany’s upper-class discourse, and of the way Mann yielded to it or resisted it, can open new vistas not only on Mann’s work but also on the people of the social strata for whom his work was written.
He could not tolerate its regressiveness, because his Nietzschean view of culture required constant cultural renewal. Some right-wing writers and National Socialists also claimed Nietzsche’s anti-democratic notions for their movement. This would become an irritation for Mann, especially after 1933 when Hitler seized power in Germany. 20 He repeated the speech in many places in Germany. By including the great Russian author, Mann continued the cosmopolitan line of thought set forth in Betrachtungen, though Goethe won higher praise than his Russian counterpart.
A Companion to the Works of Thomas Mann by Herbert Lehnert, Eva Wessell