Communists and fascists are very often the same unpleasant people, wrote Thomas Mann—literary champion of the German bourgeois. He was right.
Thomas Mann and his son Klaus Mann both wrote novels that updated Goethe’s ‘Faust’ for the horrors of the 20th century. Whose version will be remembered?
On Thomas Mann’s 145th birthday, his protagonist Aschenbach’s Romantic wanderings in the virus-laden swamps of lechery and sickness at the edge of civilization, ring—not true, exactly, but closer
Jacob Glatstein’s 1930s Yiddish novel ‘Homecoming at Twilight’ foresaw the coming doom
In our new political landscape, radicals on all sides find something to like in the German philosopher
Donald Trump’s ability to dominate his supporters into a frenzy is reminiscent of a magician from a Thomas Mann story who reduces his audiences into a mindless mob
Jews and Germans, ghosts and golems, comedians and clowns
A museum exhibition and a new translation from the Yiddish examine ‘heritage travel’ in the 1930s
The many lives of a restless painter
Finding things in common with a boy from old L
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