Friday, 11 April 2008

Thomas Mann

Which bit of formidable sculpture would win in a fight, do you think? Paolozzi's Tyneside 'Vulcan' as glimpsed here in one of last week's entries? Or Herr Thomas Mann, as immortalised in this thumping great Berlin bust? I'm in a favourite-writers mood, see, and harking on Mishima as below reminded me of one to whom Mishima bent the knee. Again, the length of the average novel may have been a consideration here: Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, and Joseph And His Brothers all have great capacity to them... My favourite of Mann's productions is the magisterial Doctor Faustus, and when I get round to constituting a proper Recommendations element to this blog I shall say more about why.

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