Der Zauberberg by Thomas Mann

Der Zauberberg

Thomas Mann

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Der Zauberberg ist ein 1924 erschienener Bildungsroman des deutschen Schriftstellers Thomas Mann.Während seines siebenjährigen Aufenthalts in der abgeschlossenen Welt eines Sanatoriums im Hochgebirge trifft der junge Hans Castorp auf weltentrückte Figuren, die ihn mit Politik, Philosophie, aber auch Liebe, Krankheit und Tod konfrontieren.

Der Zauberberg. (2021, May 30). In wikipedia.

The Magic Mountain (German: Der Zauberberg, pronounced [deːɐ̯ ˈt͡saʊ̯bɐˌbɛʁk] (About this soundlisten)) is a novel by Thomas Mann, first published in German in November 1924. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of twentieth-century German literature. Mann started writing what was to become The Magic Mountain in 1912. It began as a much shorter narrative which revisited in a comic manner aspects of Death in Venice, a novella that he was preparing for publication. The newer work reflected his experiences and impressions during a period when his wife, who was suffering from a lung complaint, resided at Dr. Friedrich Jessen's Waldsanatorium in Davos, Switzerland for several months. In May and June 1912, Mann visited her and became acquainted with the team of doctors and patients in this cosmopolitan institution. According to Mann, in the afterword that was later included in the English translation of his novel, this stay inspired his opening chapter ("Arrival").

The Magic Mountain. (2021, May 22). In Wikipedia.

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This is my favourite book by Thomas Mann! ‘The Magic Mountain’ is certainly a complex novel, filled with symbolism and also lots of clever irony by the author. Thomas Mann has refused to give away many details about this book, so your interpretation and understanding is both personal, and subject to change upon rereading!