‘The voice of the times’

Thomas Mann’s peculiar patriotism
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September 2021, no. 435
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Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man by Thomas Mann, translated by Walter D. Morris

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‘The voice of the times’

Thomas Mann’s peculiar patriotism
by
September 2021, no. 435

Nobel Laureate, author of The Magic Mountain (1924) and Doctor Faustus (1947), Thomas Mann (1875–1955) needs little introduction. His books have long been available in English. Yet one work, Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man (1918), a series of confessional essays on which he laboured throughout World War I, is rarely praised. Mann (not known for his modesty) pointed to its importance as a historical document: ‘By listening to my own inner voice,’ he says in the prologue, ‘I was able to hear the voice of the times.’

Joachim Redner reviews 'Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man' by Thomas Mann, translated by Walter D. Morris

Reflections of a Nonpolitical Man

by Thomas Mann, translated by Walter D. Morris

NYRB Classics, US$22.95 pb, 578 pp

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