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The Hesse/Mann Letters. The Correspondence of Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann, 1910-1955.

Hesse, Hermann.

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ISBN 10: 0060106425 / ISBN 13: 9780060106423
Published by Harper & Row, New York, 1975
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A Near Fine copy in a Very Good plus, unclipped dust jacket with two 1 inch closed edge tears to the rear panel. This collection of letters between Hermann Hesse and Thomas Mann begins in 1910 and ends in 1955 upon Mann's death. Both were exiles from their mother country but desite the fact that they met face to face infrequently they shared in these letters a strong kinship when it came to politics and literature. Bookseller Inventory # 23757

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Title: The Hesse/Mann Letters. The Correspondence ...

Publisher: Harper & Row, New York

Publication Date: 1975

Edition: First Printing of the First Edition

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“Both Mann and Hesse were charged with ... energy. Mann, the resident of cities (particularly his beloved Munich) poured his uncertainty and his corrosive insights into his great first novel, Buddenbrooks, which was published in 1901 and sold an astonishing one million copies. The bourgeois writer had exposed most of the fault lines in bourgeois society, not only in Germany, but in most of Europe. At twenty-six, he was famous, proclaimed by many as a coming master of the literary twentieth century...., Hesse had solidified his literary reputation with Siddharta and Steppenwolf. One of their most attentive readers was Thomas Mann.

. .. the best of the letters present us with two fundamentally decent, sophisticated men grieving for the ruined world. In the 1930s and 1940s, they rail against the stupidity of war and the cowardice of diplomats, against the social savagery of the Nazis, against the blind forces of abstraction and nationalism. They brood about the fate of Germany and of Europe after the last shots have been fired.  They have lived through a time of extraordinary horror and yet they have not surrendered to despair or nihilism. Reading the letters, I feel like some privileged guest in a special room, sitting off to the side somewhere, listening while these men talk. A fire burns in a fireplace. Through the windows I can see snow falling against a dark sky. We are in the country of exile. Neither man has given up hope. Art will prevail, they insist. Civilization will prevail. Music will drive off the explosive rumble of artillery. Life will defeat death. Listen to them: they are speaking truth. Nothing else matters. “

From the Introduction by Pete Hamill

“For all differences between north and south, between urban and rural, between epic narrator and lyric confessor, between sophisticated cosmopolite and briskly recluse, Hesse and Mann shared a common experience that provided the basis for their eventual feeling of colleagueship. Reduced to its simplest terms, this experience was based on the insight that their common bourgeois heritage....was exhausted.... According to their diagnosis, it was an unthinking alliance to outmoded and sterile bourgeois ideals that enable the “law and order” mentality of the fascist so easily to take over in Europe. In opposition to that mentality ..Hesse and Mann proclaimed their faith in a humanism predicated upon belief in the integrity of the individual”

From the Foreword by Theodore Ziolkowski


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Text: English, German (translation)

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