Thomas Mann wrote his last great novel, Doctor Faustus, during his exile from Nazi Germany. Although he already had a long string of masterpieces to his name, in retrospect this seems to be the novel he was born to write.
A modern reworking of the Faust legend in which a twentieth-century composer sells his soul to the devil for the artistic power he craves, the story brilliantly interweaves music, philosophy, theology, and politics. Adrian Leverkühn is a talented young composer who is willing to go to any lengths to reach greater heights of achievement. What he gets is twenty-four years of genius—years of increasingly extraordinary musical innovation intertwined with progressive and destructive madness.
A scathing allegory of Germany’s renunciation of its own humanity and its embrace of ambition and nihilism, Doctor Faustus is also a profound meditation on artistic genius. Obsessively exploring the evil into which his country had fallen, Mann succeeds as only he could have in charting the dimensions of that evil; his novel has both the pertinence of history and the universality of myth.
Translated from the German by H. T. Lowe-Porter
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This book is about Adrian Leverkuhn, a former theological student who has become a composer, who enters symbolically into a pact with the devil.From the Inside Flap:
Introduction by T. J. Reed; Translation by H. T. Lowe-Porter
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Descrizione libro Penguin Classic, 1968. Paperback. Condizione libro: New. book. Codice libro della libreria M0140027238