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OUTLINE IIntroduction IIThomas Mann ABiography BManns other works IIIThe Magic Mountain ASummary of the novel BCommentary CIssues mentioned in the book IVConclusion AImpact the book had on me The Magic Mountain written by Thomas Mann is a beautiful rich novel which presents the major philosophical ideas of our civilization in the form of vivid and fascinating characters It is certainly one of the most important works of the twentieth century Thomas Mann 1875-1955 German novelist and critic one of the most important figures in early 20th-century literature whose novels explore the relationship between the exceptional individual and his or her environment either the environment of family or of the world in general Manns fiction is characterized by accurate reproduction of the details of both modern and ancient life by profound and subtle intellectual analysis of ideas and characters and by a detached somewhat ironic point of view combined with a deep sense of the tragic His heroes are often of the bourgeois class undergoing a spiritual conflict Mann explored also the psychology of the creative artist wwwgsprizecomtheme8html He was a Nobel Prize winner and an unequivocal opponent of National Socialism Thomas Mann was born on 6 June 1875 the son of a wealthy merchant family in the Hanseatic city of Lubeck His father had been elected twice as the burgomaster of Lubeck His mother Bruhn da Silva came from a German-Portuguese-Creole family The decline of precisely such a family over three generations was the subject of his first great work Buddenbrooks which was written in 1901 wwwzeldathomsoncomrootledgewhogermanymannhtml Buddenbrooks came out when Mann was 26 He began writing it during a one-year stay in Italy and completed it in about two and a half years The book outraged the citizens of Lubeck who saw it as a thinly veiled account of local incidents and figures wwwkirjastoscifitmannhtm Manns father
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