Paperback Doctor Faustus : the life of the German composer Adrian Leverkuhn as told by a friend / Thomas Mann.
Publication year: 1996
Publisher: London : Minerva,
Resource type: Physical
ISBN: 0749386576 9780749386573 (pbk.) :
This translation originally published: London: Secker & Warburg, 1949.
This is the story of German composer, Adrian Leverkuhn. Zeitblom, the narrator, tells his friend's story against the backdrop of WW2, which acts as counterpoint to Mann's vast theme, the discord between genius and sanity. A masterpiece of German modernism and one of the greatest novels of the twentieth century.Adrian Leverkhn is a young man destined for success. He is a composer - creative and brilliant, but he will stop at nothing to achieve greatness. Intentionally contracting syphilis in order to deepen his creative potential through madness, Adrian makes his pact with nature. Mann's interpretation of the Faustian legend is a story of madness and sanity, genius and corruption, intellectual attainment and Germany's moral fall.'Arguably the great German novel' New York Times
Translated from the German.
vi, 510p. ; 20 cm.