Us and them

Thomas Mann: Mario und der Zauberer.
(English title: Mario and the Magician) ISBN 978-3-596-21381-8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ I know why I love the German language and I know why I love Thomas Mann: Each word well chosen, each sentence carefully crafted. A fine novel about “us” and “them”, the manipulation of people, the abuse of power and man’s response to evil: freeze, flee or fight.

Thomas Mann: Tonio Kröger. ISBN 978-3-596-21381-8 ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ A novel reflecting man’s identity and how he may or may not express his emotions and his sensitivity. Beautiful.

Both novels have been published in English under the titles “Mario and the Magician” and “Tonio Kroeger” respectively.

Thomas Mann’s novels very often allude to German Romanticim composers, be it Franz Schubert, Robert Schumann or Richard Wagner:

A breeding ground for emotions and revolutions