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Magic Mountain

Thomas Mann
In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Thomas Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps - a community devoted exclusively to sickness - as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality.

It seems to be about life in a sanatorium - but in reality it is also about the passing of time. Reading this epic work does not happen overnight and it is especially exciting to revisit it in 2020.

Lea Rieck

Lea Rieck

Journalist & Author

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