The magician / Colm Tóibin.
- 2 of 3 copies available at LARL/NWRL Consortium. (Show)
- 1 of 2 copies available at Lake Agassiz Regional Library.
1 current hold with 3 total copies.
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|Detroit Lakes Public Library||TOI (Text)||33500013458211||New||Available||-|
|Moorhead Public Library||TOI (Text)||33500013458203||New||Checked out||11/04/2021|
- ISBN: 9781476785080
- ISBN: 1476785082
- ISBN: 9781476785097
- ISBN: 1476785090
- Physical Description: 500 pages ; 24 cm
- Edition: First Scribner hardcover edition.
- Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2021.
- Copyright: ©2021
"The Magician opens at the turn of the twentieth century in a provincial German city where the young boy, Thomas Mann, grows up with a conservative, conventional father and a Brazilian mother, exotic and unpredictable, who will never fit in. He hides both his artistic aspirations and his homosexual desires from this father, and his sexuality from everyone. He longs for the charismatic, beautiful, rich, cultured young Jewish man, but marries his twin sister. He longs for a boy he sees on a beach in Venice and writes a novel about him. He has six children. He is the most successful novelist of his time. He wins the Nobel Prize and is expected to lead the condemnation of Hitler. His oldest daughter and son share lovers. They are leaders of Bohemianism and of the anti-Nazi movement. This stunning combination of German propriety and Bohemian revolution goes hand in hand for decades. We see the rise of Hitler, the forced exile of a swath of German writers and artists, Mann's narrow escape to America, his sojourn at Princeton, along with fellow exile Einstein, and his final move to LA in the late 40s where he presided over an astonishing community of writers, artists and musicians, including Brecht and Shoenberg, even as his children court tragedy. To call this a portrait of an artist is both reductive and true-it is a novel about a character and a family, fiercely engaged by the world, profoundly flawed, and as flamboyant as it's possible to be"-- Provided by publisher.
- Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2021 June #1
*Starred Review* As with his triumphant fictional biography of Henry James, The Master (2004), Tóibín once again takes as his subject a literary titan, the Nobel laureate Thomas Mann. He first appears as a bright but unremarkable bookish youth in Lübeck, Germany, leading a privileged and sheltered life in the shadow of his senator father. After the patriarch's death, Thomas is aimless and floundering, enduring his mind-numbing clerical job by secretly writing stories. His literary rise is meteoric following the sensation of his novel, Buddenbrooks. He marries the beautiful Katia, the cherished daughter of a wealthy family. His life is charmed and his reputation flourishing. He daringly draws on his homosexual impulses for the groundbreaking Death in Venice, and the publication of his magnum opus, The Magic Mountain, all but assures the attention of the Swedish Academy. Tóibín renders with nuance and grace Thomas' conflicted heart as he is fiercely loyal to his homeland yet forced to flee Nazi Germany and a devoted but emotionally unavailable father whose diaries contain his repressed fantasies of young men. Employing luxurious prose that quietly evokes the tortured soul behind these literary masterpieces, Tóibín has an unequalled gift for mapping the interior of genius. In Mann, Toibin finds the ideal muse, one whose interior is so rich and vast that only a similar genius could hope to capture it. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Tóibín is among the most esteemed literary novelists, his books always top-of-the-list. Copyright 2021 Booklist Reviews.
Colm Tóibín is the author of ten novels, including The Magician, his most recent novel; The Master, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize; Brooklyn, winner of the Costa Book Award; The Testament of Mary; and Nora Webster, as well as two story collections and several books of criticism. He is the Irene and Sidney B. Silverman Professor of the Humanities at Columbia University. Three times shortlisted for the Booker Prize, Tóibín lives in Dublin and New York.
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