Buddenbrooks The decline of a family

Thomas Mann, 1875-1955

Book - 1994

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New York : Vintage International 1994.
1st Vintage International ed
Item Description
First published in 1900. Originally published in hardcover: New York : Knopf, 1993.
Physical Description
731 p. ; 21 cm
Main Author
Thomas Mann, 1875-1955 (-)
Other Authors
John E. (John Edwin) Woods (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

A superior new translation of Mann's 1901 saga about four generations of an affluent German family. (July) Copyright 1994 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A new translation of Mann's classic story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany captures the triumphs and tragedies, successes and failures, relationships, loves, and ordinary events of middle-class life

Review by Publisher Summary 2

A Major Literary Event: a brilliant new translation of Thomas Mann's first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929.Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was only twenty-five, has become a classic of modem literature -- the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany. With consummate skill, Mann draws a rounded picture of middle-class life: births and christenings; marriages, divorces, and deaths; successes and failures. These commonplace occurrences, intrinsically the same, vary slightly as they recur in each succeeding generation. Yet as the Buddenbrooks family eventually succumbs to the seductions of modernity -- seductions that are at variance with its own traditions -- its downfall becomes certain.In immensity of scope, richness of detail, and fullness of humanity, Buddenbrooks surpasses all other modem family chronicles; it has, indeed, proved a model for most of them. Judged as the greatest of Mann's novels by some critics, it is ranked as among the greatest by all. Thomas Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature in 1929.