The Buddenbrook clan is everything you’d expect of a nineteenth-century German merchant family – wealthy, esteemed, established. Four generations later, a tide of twentieth-century modernism has gradually disintegrated the bourgeois values on which the Buddenbrooks built their success. In this, Mann’s first novel, his astounding, semi-autobiographical family epic, he portrays the transition of genteel Germanic stability to a very modern uncertainty.
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Thomas Mann's first novel, Buddenbrooks, is drawn from his own life and experience.
Subtitled The Decline of a Family, his story of a prosperous Hanseatic merchant family and their gradual disintegration is also an extraordinary portrayal of the transition from the stable bourgeois life of the nineteenth century to a modern uncertainty.Review:
"Perhaps the first great novel of the 20th century" ( New York Times)
"One of the best novels of the 20th century" ( Guardian)
"That definitive epic of German family life" ( Irish Times)
"His masterpiece" ( Los Angeles Times)
"Has extraordinary value as a document over and above its importance as literature. The friendly dispassionateness of the book, the amplitude, the final perfection of clearness, make it as satisfying as a Dürer drawing" ( Observer)
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