Bluebeard's Chamber
Guilt and Confession in Thomas Mann
by Michael Maar Translated by David Fernbach
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160 pages / March 2019 / 9781786635754
February 2019 / 9781786635778
Hardback with free ebook
152 pages / October 2003 / 9781859845295

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Germany’s most gifted literary critic on the critical discussion of Nobel Prize laureate Thomas Mann

Over the last twenty years, critical discussion of Thomas Mann has highlighted the role of his homosexuality in his creative work, presenting it as the supposed reason for the themes of guilt and redemption that grew ever stronger in Mann’s fiction. Michael Maar mounts a devastating forensic challenge to this consensus: Mann was remarkably open about his sexual orientation, which he saw as no reason for guilt. But sexuality in Mann’s work is inextricably bound up with an eruption of violence. Maar pursues this trail through Mann’s writings and traces its origins back to Mann’s second visit to Italy that marked him for life with a burdensome sense of guilt … but what exactly was it?

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