In this fictionalised biography of Thomas Mann, Colm Tóibín offers a nuanced and intimate portrait of the famed German writer, his thoughts, struggles, and relationships. Through meticulous research, Tóibín sheds light on aspects of his life that have remained relatively unknown to the public. He delves into Mann's relationships that influenced his creative process, both within his family and among his fellow artists and other prominent figures of his time. Exploring Mann's struggle with his sexuality and desires in a time when homosexuality was stigmatised, the novel raises questions about identity and self-acceptance.
From one of our greatest living writers comes a sweeping novel of unrequited love and exile, war and family.
The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism.
He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity.
Through one life, Colm Tóibín tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.
Praise and awards
THE SUNDAY TIMES TOP TEN BESTSELLER
WINNER OF THE RATHBONES FOLIO PRIZE 2022
SHORTLISTED FOR THE WALTER SCOTT PRIZE FOR HISTORICAL FICTION 2022
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