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Magic Mountain, the (1924) [Novel]
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Hans Castorp - on the verge of an intense flirtation with Clavdia Chauchat, a married woman and feverish fellow patient - is perched high above the world, dozing in his splendid lounge chair at the International Sanatorium Berghof, swaddled in blankets against the Alpine chill. To his surprise and secret delight, he will remain on this "magic mountain" for seven years - removed from the "real" world, but irresistibly drawn into the sanatorium's own complex, vertiginous society, which in Mann's hands becomes a microcosm for Western civilization and its interior life on the eve of the First World War. Flooded with feeling, with powerful evocations of disease, with the glories of the natural world and inklings of the supernatural, The Magic Mountain is equally remarkable for Mann's treatment of time - the "flatland time" of healthy, active people and the "inelastic present" of the "people up here," for whom illness is a lifelong career. Mann is a master at drawing dazzling characters with the finest irony: Settembrini, the impassioned Italian liberal, and Naphta, the caustic Jewish Jesuit, whose opposing worldviews trap them in a grotesque duel; Mynheer Peeperkorn, the enormously wealthy Dutch planter whose garrulous "personality" all but overwhelms his fellow patients; the blustery Director Behrens and subtle Dr. Krokowski, whose combined energies rule the day and the night of the Berghof; Clavdia Chauchat, the elusive Russian beauty whose slinking charms can awaken forgotten love; and, of course, Hans Castorp himself - the ordinary made extraordinary - whose interior journey leads him out into a blinding snowstorm and a stunning, fleeting moment of revelation; Hans, who is last seen on a battlefield of the Great War - the very conflict toward which every word of the novel has been magnetized

Original title: Der Zauberberg
Original languages: German

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Genre: FictionGeneral FictionLiterary Fiction/classics

This work is supplemented by the following works :
     Castorp (2004) [Novel]
      Author: Pawel Huelle

Edition #1: The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain (1995)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: John E. Woods
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The Magic Mountain (1995)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Knopf
ISBN: 0679441832
Pages: 720

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Edition #2: The Magic Mountain

The Magic Mountain (1927)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Translated by: H. T. Lowe-Porter
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The Magic Mountain (1992)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Vintage International
ISBN: 067973645X
Pages: 729

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