|About the Book|
John E. Woods is revising our impression of Thomas Mann, masterpiece by masterpiece. --The New YorkerDoctor Faustus is Manns deepest artistic gesture...Finely translated by John E. Woods.--The New RepublicThomas Manns last great novel, 1st published in 1947 & now newly rendered into English by acclaimed translator John E. Woods, is a modern reworking of the Faust legend, in which Germany sells its soul to the Devil. Manns protagonist, the composer Adrian Leverkühn, is the flower of German culture, a brilliant, isolated, overreaching figure, his radical new music a breakneck game played by art at the very edge of impossibility. In return for 24 years of unparalleled musical accomplishment, he bargains away his soul & the ability to love his fellow man.Leverkühns life story is a brilliant allegory of the rise of the 3rd Reich, of Germanys renunciation of its own humanity & its embrace of ambition & nihilism. Its also Manns most profound meditation on the German genius--both national & individual--& the terrible responsibilities of the truly great artist.