Author: Thomas Mann
Publisher: Hongshin Munhwasa
2-volume set | 210*148mm
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About This Book
Novel of ideas by Thomas Mann, originally published in German as Der Zauberberg
in 1924. It is considered a towering example of the bildungsroman, a novel
recounting the main character's formative years. The Magic Mountain tells the
story of Hans Castorp, a young German engineer, who goes to visit a cousin in a
tuberculosis sanatorium in the mountains of Davos, Switz. Castorp discovers that
he has symptoms of the disease and remains at the sanatorium for seven years,
until the outbreak of World War I. During this time, he abandons his normal life
to submit to the rich seductions of disease, introspection, and death. Through
talking with other patients, he gradually becomes aware of and absorbs the
predominant political, cultural, and scientific ideas of 20th-century Europe.
The sanatorium comes to be the spiritual reflection of the possibilities and
dangers of the actual world away from the magic mountain.
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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