Thomas Mann

“This was Venice, the flattering and suspect beauty-this city, half fairy tale and half tourist trap, in whose insalubrious air the arts once rankly and voluptuously blossomed, where composers have been inspired to lulling tones of somniferous eroticism.”

This Germany-born novelist, essayist and cultural critic is recognised as one of the great writers of the 20th Century. Thomas Mann’s fame is based on his two works, ‘Der Tod in Venedig’ (Death in Venice, 1912) filmed in 1971 by Luchino Visconti, and ‘Der Zauberberg’ (The Magic Mountain, 1924), for which he won the Nobel Prize in 1929. Mann wrote numerous notable works such as: ‘Buddenbrooks’ (1901), the novella ‘Tonio Kroger’ (1902), ‘Kongliche Hoheit’ (1909), ‘Von Deutscher Republik’ (1923), ‘Mario und der Zauberer’ (Mario and the Magician, 1930) as well as the colossal ‘Joseph und Seine Bruder’ (Joseph and his Brothers,1933 – 42). ‘Doktor Faustus’ (1947) was Mann's last distinguished novel.