The Cambridge companion to Thomas Mann

Corporate Author: Cambridge collections online.
Other Authors: Robertson, Ritchie.
Format: Online Book
Language: English
Published: Cambridge, U.K. ; New York : Cambridge University Press, c2002.
Series: Cambridge companions to literature.
Online Access: Online version
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Written by a group of outstanding scholars familiar with the works of Mann and edited by one of the foremost literary scholars in the field, the essays in this collection are based on the most recent criticism and revelations about Mann (one thinks particularly of his diaries, which began to be published in the 1970s and which reveal his homosexuality) and apply a variety of approaches to Mann's work. The contributors do not ride hobbyhorses; their essays are up-to-date, well informed, and largely mainstream. As one would expect, Magic Mountain, Dr. Faustus, Death in Venice, the early novellas, and the political novellas (e.g., Mario and the Magician) receive most of the attention, but Robertson (Oxford Univ.) includes insightful articles on Mann's diaries, on the underestimated Lotte in Weimar, on Buddenbrooks. One of the most interesting pieces--Timothy Buck's "Mann in English"--points out that not only the earlier English translations of Mann's works, but even the most recent translations of Magic Mountain and Buddenbrooks are flawed. The fact is that after a century of translation, readers and scholars still do not have an accurate English rendition of Mann's admittedly difficult German texts (the exception: David Luke's wonderful translation of Death in Venice). A must for all college and university libraries. J. Hardin emeritus, University of South Carolina

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