Author: Thomas Mann
Translator: Sung-gwang Hong
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About This Book
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.
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