This definitive biography of the twentieth century's greatest German writer brings to life as never before the extraordinary talent and complex personality of Thomas Mann. Already a bestseller in Germany, Hermann Kurzke's vivid and authoritative biography is a unique reinterpretation of Mann's life and work.
We encounter the difficult, even unsavoury private man: hypochondriac and nervous, narcissistic and vainglorious, isolated and greedy for love. But we are also introduced to a man who suffered exile and condemnation, who was capable of great kindness, doted on his daughters and was devoted to his art.
Kurzke provides fresh and sometimes startling insights into both famous and little-known episodes in Mann's life and into his writing itself - the only realm in which he ever felt free. Moving, sensitive and yet filled with humour, this is the richest available portrait of Thomas Mann - as both man and writer.
- Publication Date:
- 14 / 03 / 2003
- 152 x 230mm