Buddenbrooks

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Landmark work chronicles the decline of a 19th-century German merchant family and the crisis of an entire social class. "One of the best novels of the 20th century." — The Guardian.

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Buddenbrooks - the Original Classic Edition

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Buddenbrooks was Thomas Mann's first novel, published in 1901 when he was twenty-six years old. The publication of the 2nd edition in 1903 confirmed that Buddenbrooks was a major literary success in Germany. It portrays the downfall (already announced in the subtitle, Decline of a Family) of a wealthy mercantile family of L beck over four generations. The book is generally understood as a portrait of the German bourgeois society throughout several decades of the 19th century. The book displays Mann's characteristic detailed style, and it was this novel which won Mann the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929, although according to Mann's wife this achievement would not have occurred without the publication of The Magic Mountain. Mann's objective was to write a novel on the conflicts between businessman and artist's worlds, presented as a family saga, continuing in the realist tradition of 19th century works such as Stendhal's Le Rouge et le noir (1830; The Red and the Black). More personally, he wanted to surpass the literary status already achieved by his eldest brother Heinrich Mann, who met relative success with the novel In einer Familie (1894, In a Family), and who was working at that time on another novel about German bourgeois society, Im Schlaraffenland (1900, In the Land of Cockaigne). It can be said that both of Thomas Mann's objectives were satisfied. The novel stands today as one of his most popular, especially in Germany, and is considered by many to be the novel that best captures the 19th century German bourgeois atmosphere. The exploration of decadence in the novel can be attributed to the profound influence of Arthur Schopenhauer on Thomas Mann during his youth. The three generations of the family depicted in the book experience a continuous economical, physical, and spiritual decline, with true happiness becoming increasingly unavailable to all the members of the family. The characters who sacrifice their lives for the sake of the family firm meet unfortunate ends, just as those who do not. The city where the Buddenbrook family lives shares so many of its street names and other details with Mann's hometown of L beck that the identification is perfect, although Mann carefully avoids explicit pronunciation of the name throughout the whole novel. In spite of this fact, many German readers and critics attacked Mann for writing about the 'dirty laundry' of his hometown and his own family. However, although this may be debated, it must be said that the fate of the Buddenbrooks bears no direct resemblance with the author's own family, nor with that of the 19th century German bourgeoisie in general, not even with the 'money aristocracy', although merchandizing is a central topic. The main period of time considered covers 1835 to 1877, and thus includes some of the most dramatic episodes of 19th-century German history: the Revolutions of 1848, the Austro-Prussian War, the North German Confederation, and the establishment of the German Empire). However, in agreement with the above-mentioned remarks, these events play only a peripheral role and thus in this sense Buddenbrooks is also not a historical novel.

Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks

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Savage Reprisals: Bleak House, Madame Bovary, Buddenbrooks by Peter Gay Summary

A revelatory work that examines the intricate relationship between history and literature, truth and fiction—with some surprising conclusions. Focusing on three literary masterpieces—Charles Dickens's Bleak House (1853), Gustave Flaubert's Madame Bovary (1857), and Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks (1901)—Peter Gay, a leading cultural historian, demonstrates that there is more than one way to read a novel. Typically, readers believe that fiction, especially the Realist novels that dominated Western culture for most of the nineteenth century and beyond, is based on historical truth and that great novels possess a documentary value. That trust, Gay brilliantly shows, is misplaced; novels take their own path to reality. Using Dickens, Flaubert, and Mann as his examples, Gay explores their world, their craftsmanship, and their minds. In the process, he discovers that all three share one overriding quality: a resentment and rage against the society that sustains the novel itself. Using their stylish writing as a form of revenge, they deal out savage reprisals, which have become part of our Western literary canon. A New York Times Notable Book and a Best Book of 2002.

Thomas Mann

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Thomas Mann by Hugh Ridley Summary

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Understanding Thomas Mann

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Buddenbrooks by Ortrud Gutjahr Summary

Thomas Manns Buddenbrooks ist ohne Zweifel ein Jahrhundertroman, der uns im Prisma einer norddeutschen Kaufmannfamilie die grossbürgerliche Lebenswelt des 19. Jahrhunderts nahe bringt und der durch seine subtile Figurengestaltung und ironische Erzählweise bis heute zu faszinieren vermag. Es ist ein Erfolgsroman für den Thomas Mann im Dezember 1929 in Stockholm den Nobelpreis für Literatur entgegen nehmen konnte und der zu den bekanntesten und meist gelesensten Romanen der deutschen Literatur zählt. John von Düffel - Dramaturg am Thalia Theater Hamburg und selbst Autor von Familienromanen wie Vom Wasser und Houwelandt - hat eine Bühnenfassung geschrieben, die in der Inszenierung von Stephan Kimmig am Thalia Theater Hamburg ein auf die Geschwister Thomas, Tony und Christian Buddenbrook konzentriertes szenisches Spiel zeigt, bei dem das Diktat der Gewinnmaximierung als Zwangsmechanismus sichtbar wird, dem alle Beziehungsstrukturen unterworfen werden. Die Vorträge und Interviews des Bandes gehen den spannungsreichen Divergenzen zwischen dem Jahrhundertroman und der umjubelten Bühnenfassung nach und suchen neue Interpretationsmöglichkeiten der Buddenbrooks unter dem Aspekt von Generation und Geld.

Buddenbrooks; Translated by H.T. Lowe-Porter

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Selbstkommentare

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Understanding Thomas Mann

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Understanding Thomas Mann by Hannelore Mundt Summary

Understanding Thomas Mann offers a comprehensive guide to the novels, short stories, novellas, and nonfiction of one of the most renowned and prolific German writers. In close readings, Hannelore Mundt illustrates how Mann's masterly prose captures both his time and the complexities of human existence with a unique blend of humor, compassion, irony, and ambiguity.

Buddenbrooks: Verfall einer Familie

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Buddenbrooks von Thomas Mann und Noce i dnie (Nächte und Tage) von Maria Da̜browska

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Buddenbrooks von Thomas Mann und Noce i dnie (Nächte und Tage) von Maria Da̜browska by Edyta Trebaczkiewicz Summary

In diesem Buch wird der Versuch unternommen, den ersten nobelpreisgekrönten Roman Thomas Manns mit dem ersten, für den Nobelpreis vorgeschlagenen und mit dem Staatlichen Literaturpreis ausgezeichneten Roman der polnischen Schriftstellerin Maria Dąbrowska zu vergleichen. Untersucht werden dabei neben dem scheinbar anachronistischen Realismus der Darstellung auch die Grundideen der regional, genealogisch und biografisch geprägten Romane. Sowohl der deutsche Autor als auch die polnische Autorin nehmen darin Stellung zu ihrer an humanistischen Traditionen reichen Heimat und wollen am Vorabend der Weltkriege vor der «Herrschaft des Chauffeurtypus» (K.-J. Rothenberg, 1969) warnen. Beide Meisterwerke beweisen, dass ihre Autoren mit der Tradition der europäischen Musik eng vertraut waren und Erkenntnissen großer «(National)philosophen» (Schopenhauer, Abramowski u.a.) zu folgen vermochten.

De Buddenbrooks

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In zijn wereldberoemde debuut uit 1901 vertelt Thomas Mann de familiegeschiedenis van vier generaties Buddenbrook, een voornaam koopmansgeslacht uit Lübeck. De oprichter van de firma Johann Buddenbrook sr. en zijn zoon Johann jr. hebben de grondslag gelegd voor een solide, machtige familie- en bedrijfstraditie. Maar bij de kinderen van Johann jr. ondermijnen artistieke impulsen en een expansief gevoelsleven de robuuste vitaliteit van het handelsimperium. Met Thomas, die veel te kunstzinnig is voor de harde handelspraktijk, begint de zakelijke neergang. In Thomas’ zoon Hanno, de vierde generatie, bereikt de tegenstelling tussen burger en kunstenaar een hoogtepunt. Met De Buddenbrooks schreef Mann, nog maar zesentwintig jaar oud, een epische roman die het verval van de negentiende-eeuwse Europese burgerlijke cultuur verbeeldt. De roman werd in meer dan dertig talen vertaald en geldt nog steeds als een van de meest gelezen klassiekers uit de Duitse literatuur.

Thomas Mann, Buddenbrooks

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The "Buddenbrooks Effect"

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The "Buddenbrooks Effect" by David L. Kang Summary

This study explores how power relationships between large-block family owners and professional managers affect resource allocation decisions and performance in public corporations. Early-generation family shareholders with large ownership stakes are hypothesized to "control" public corporations using formal authority, social influence and expertise, resulting in superior resource allocation decisions and performance. These ideas are tested in a study of the U.S. textile industry from 1983-1992, a mature industry characterized by "transparent" economic conditions and strong social relationships between owners and managers, observed during a highly turbulent time period. Pooled, cross-sectional time series models indicate that controlling for ownership concentration, early-generation family owners are associated with superior resource allocation decisions and performance relative to industry competitors. These results are supported by field research interviews that suggest large-block family shareholders informally communicate with managers regarding important resource allocation decisions, and that families actively manage governance issues within family ownership blocks. Therefore, this study suggests that early-generation family owners have a disproportionately large amount of influence that is used in ways associated with appropriate resource allocation decisions and enhanced corporate performance.

Landmarks in the German Novel

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Landmarks in the German Novel by Peter Hutchinson Summary

There is a large pool of German novelists in whose oeuvre we may look for works of landmark significance, and at certain periods of its history German fiction is particularly rich. Yet although the novel begins to assert itself in the seventeenth century, we have to wait until the late eighteenth, and Goethe's first major prose work, Werther, to see it truly rise to the level of other genres. The thirteen novels featured in this collection have all proved milestones in the development of the form, and there is heavy prominence given to works by Goethe himself and by Thomas Mann. Through these, as well as those by such figures as Kafka, Hesse, and Günter Grass, we can trace the development of the novel to its far more 'self-conscious' form, ranging through the social studies of the nineteenth to works which treat a variety of intellectual, psychological and philosophical issues in the twentieth. A second volume will cover landmarks published between 1959 and the present day. These essays, all by specialists in the relevant field, were originally delivered as lectures in the University of Cambridge.

Die Frauenfiguren in Thomas Manns "Buddenbrooks"

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Die Frauenfiguren in Thomas Manns "Buddenbrooks" by Sarah Mller Summary

Der 1901 erschienene Roman ?Buddenbrooks-Verfall einer Familie? von Thomas Mann beginnt und endet mit den Worten von Frauen. Auf diese Weise l„sst sich bereits die Bedeutung erkennen, die den weiblichen Figuren in diesem Werk beigemessen wird. Der biologische Niedergangsprozess der Familie Buddenbrook erstreckt sich ber vier Generationen hinweg und fhrt zum Erl”schen der m„nnlichen Linie, so dass nach vollendetem Niedergang nur noch weibliche Personen anwesend sind. Dabei sticht insbesondere Tony Buddenbrook hervor. Auch wenn sie in dem facettenreichen Abriss der Lbecker Patrizierfamilie nur einen Charakter neben anderen verk”rpert und nicht als eigentliche Hauptfigur gilt, stellt sie doch neben ihrem Bruder Thomas und ihrem Neffen Hanno einen wichtigen Punkt im Verfallsprozess der Familie dar. Insgesamt kommt ihr eine bedeutende Funktion zu, da sie die einzige Person ist, die in der ersten wie in der letzten Romanszene pr„sent ist, so dass der Leser ihren Lebensweg von der Kindheit bis zur erwachsenen Frau von fast 50 Jahren verfolgen kann. W„hrend Tony als recht durchschaubar und authentisch gilt, steht ihr gegenber die geheimnisvolle und kalte Gerda Arnoldsen, deren Rolle fr den Untergang der Familie Buddenbrook imminent wichtig ist. In der vorliegenden Studie befasst sich die Autorin mit den tats„chlichen, historischen Begebenheiten in Bezug auf die Rolle der Frau in der brgerlichen Gesellschaft des 19. Jahrhunderts und geht dabei insbesondere auf die Aspekte ein, die im Zusammenhang mit Ehe und Familie stehen, um eine Verbindung zu dem Familienroman ?Buddenbrooks? herzustellen.