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The Decline of a Family

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On Sale: May 25, 2011
Pages: 736 | ISBN: 978-0-307-78095-9
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Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1901, when Mann was only twenty-six, has become a classic of modern literature.

 

It is the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany facing the advent of modernity; in an uncertain new world, the family’s bonds and traditions begin to disintegrate. As Mann charts the Buddenbrooks’ decline from prosperity to bankruptcy, from moral and psychic soundness to sickly piety, artistic decadence, and madness, he ushers the reader into a world of stunning vitality, pieced together from births and funerals, weddings and divorces, recipes, gossip, and earthy humor.

 

In its immensity of scope, richness of detail, and fullness of humanity, buddenbrooks surpasses all other modern family chronicles. With remarkable fidelity to the original German text, this superb translation emphasizes the magnificent scale of Mann’s achievement in this riveting, tragic novel.  With an introduction by T. J. Reed, and translated  by John E. Woods.


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Thomas Mann was born in 1875 in Germany. He was only twenty-five when his first novel, Buddenbrooks, was published. In 1924, The Magic Mountain was published, and, five years later, Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Following the rise of the Nazis to power, he left Germany for good in 1933 to live in Switzerland and then in California, where he wrote Doctor Faustus (first published in the United States in 1948). Thomas Mann died in 1955.
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“A remarkable achievement . . . In Woods’s sparkling translation, the reader encounters a work that is closer in style, vocabulary, idiom, and tone to the original.”—NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW“Wonderfully fresh and elegant . . . Essential reading for anyone who wishes to enter Mann’s fictional universe.”—LOS ANGELES TIMES


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WINNER 1929 Nobel Prize

  • Buddenbrooks by Thomas Mann Translated by John E. Woods
  • June 28, 1994
  • Fiction - Literary
  • Vintage
  • $18.00
  • 9780679752608

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