Doctor Faustus

Doctor Faustus

The Life of the German Composer Adrian Leverühn as Told by A Friend

Book - 1992
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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
 
 



Baker & Taylor
In a story that symbolizes Germany's fall into Nazism, a talented German musician, Adrian, sells his soul to the devil in exchange for recognition as the greatest living composer.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf : Distributed by Random House, 1992
ISBN: 9780679409960
0679409963
Branch Call Number: FIC MANN
Characteristics: xxxv, 523 p. ; 21 cm

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