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Buddenbrooks : the decline of a family

Author: Thomas Mann; John E Woods
Publisher: New York : Knopf, 1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : Fiction : English : 1st American edView all editions and formats
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A major literary event: a brilliant new translation of Thomas Mann's first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was only twenty-five, has become a classic of modern literature - the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany. With consummate skill, Mann draws a rounded
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Genre/Form: Domestic fiction
Fiction
Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955.
Buddenbrooks.
New York : Knopf, 1993
(OCoLC)903941663
Material Type: Fiction
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Mann; John E Woods
ISBN: 0679419942 9780679419945
OCLC Number: 26054551
Description: 648 pages : portrait ; 24 cm
Other Titles: Buddenbrooks.
Responsibility: Thomas Mann ; translated from the German by John E. Woods.
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A major literary event: a brilliant new translation of Thomas Mann's first great novel, one of the two for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize in literature in 1929. Buddenbrooks, first published in Germany in 1900, when Mann was only twenty-five, has become a classic of modern literature - the story of four generations of a wealthy bourgeois family in northern Germany. With consummate skill, Mann draws a rounded picture of middle-class life: births and christenings; marriages, divorces, and deaths; successes and failures. These commonplace occurrences, intrinsically the same, vary slightly as they recur in each succeeding generation. Yet as the Buddenbrooks family eventually succumbs to the seductions of modernity - seductions that are at variance with its own traditions - its downfall becomes certain.

In immensity of scope, richness of detail, and fullness of humanity, Buddenbrooks surpasses all other modern family chronicles; it has, indeed, proved a model for most of them. Judged as the greatest of Mann's novels by some critics, it is ranked as among the greatest by all.

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