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First published in 1900 when Mann was only twenty-five, Buddenbrooks is a minutely imagined chronicle of four generations of a North German mercantile family--a work so true to life that it scandalized the author's former neighbors in his native Lubeck. Now Mann's triumph of realism is available in its first new English version in seventy years. With perfect fidelity, John E. Woods gives us a Buddenbrooks that is rich in dialect and varied in tone, exuberant in its wordplay and unfettered in its comedy. He has restored a classic to is origins and put blood back in its veins.
"A remarkable achievement...In Mr. Wood's sparkling new translation, the reader now encounters a work that is closer in style, vocabulary, idiom, and tone to the original."--TheNew York Times Book Review