The magic mountain

Thomas Mann, 1875-1955

Book - 1996

A sanitorium in the Swiss Alps reflects the societal ills of pre-twentieth-century Europe, and a young marine engineer rises from his life of anonymity to become a pivotal character in a story about how a human's environment affects self identity. In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, a community devoted exclusively to sickness, as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal ...irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book that pulses with life in the midst of death.

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Published
New York : Vintage International 1996.
Edition
1st Vintage International ed
Language
English
German
Item Description
Originally published (in hardcover): New York : Knopf, 1995.
"A novel."
Physical Description
xii, 706 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN
9780679772873
0679772871
Main Author
Thomas Mann, 1875-1955 (-)
Other Authors
John E. (John Edwin) Woods (-)
Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

New translation of Mann's classic novel. (Nov.) Copyright 1996 Cahners Business Information.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

A sanitorium in the Swiss Alps reflects the societal ills of pre-twentieth-century Europe, and a young marine engineer rises from his life of anonymity to become a pivotal character in a story about how a human's environment affects self identity.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps--a community devoted exclusively to sickness--as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book that pulses with life in the midst of death.