|Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (1954) [Novel]|
by Thomas Mann
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(From the publisher):
Felix Krull, swindler par excellence, stands as Thomas Mann's last great literary creation. With the modest pride of a professional, Krull retraces the course of his extraordinary career from a sweet but hardly innocent child to manhood when his genius for theft, impersonation, and sensual adventure came to full flower. In these "confessions" the irony that underlies even Mann's most serious work is transformed into high comedy, ribald farce, brilliant parody. Begun in 1911, laid aside, then resumed after a span of some forty years, this first volume of a projected trilogy is a marvel of sustained inspiration. It is a memorable tour de force in which the author's lifelong fascination with the ambiguous relationship between art and morality achieves final expression with Mann assuming the voice of an enchanting charlatan to bid the world a smiling farewell. George Steiner calls Confessions "a garland of laughter" laid upon the "monumental facade" of Mann's work.
Original title: Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Kruss
Genre: Fiction→ Crime and Mystery→ Crime/Caper
Fiction→ General Fiction→ Literary Fiction/classics