La montaña mágica/ The Magic Mountain

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 03/23/2020
  • Publisher: Debolsillo

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El propio Thomas Mann advierte que esta novela trata sobre «la pasión como desequilibrio y degradación».

Gustav Aschenbach, «arroyo de cenizas» en alemán, es un escritor maduro que goza de reconocimiento. Llega a Venecia en busca de inspiración, pero también de llenar sus días con reflexiones estéticas en un entorno idílico.

En el hotel coincide con Tadzio, un joven de polaco que se encuentra de vacaciones con su familia. El muchacho se convierte en objeto de deseo y adoración; un amor ideal e imposible basado en la contemplación estética y que llevará a Aschenbach a renunciar a todo, incluso a sí mismo. «Hay, entre los resquicios de esa historia, un abismo que ella deja entrever y que inmediatamente identificamos en nosotros mismos.»


Thomas Mann's novel The Magic Mountain presents a panorama of European society in the first two decades of the 20th century and depicts the philosophical and metaphysical dilemmas facing people in the modern age.

In the years leading up to the First World War, the fundamental elements of human nature were thrown into sharp relief by the political tensions that resulted in the ultimate metaphor for the innate destructiveness of humankind: the War itself. If such a war is the true expression of human tendencies, what hope is there for the future? Through the figure of the main character of the novel, Thomas Mann explores the alternative philosophies of life available to human beings in the modern age, and invites the reader to undertake a personal odyssey of discovery, with a view to adopting a positive approach in an era that seems to offer no clear-cut answers.

This book is a comprehensive commentary on Thomas Mann's seminal novel, one of the key literary artefacts of the 20th century. The author has taken upon himself the task of explaining all the references and allusions contained in the novel, and of providing readers who know little or no German with enough explanatory comments to enable them to understand the novel and extract the maximum reading pleasure from it.

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