• Roman traduit de l'allemand, annoté et postfacé par Claire de Oliveira
     
    Écrite entre 1912 et 1924, La Montagne magique est l'un des romans majeurs du vingtième siècle. Cette oeuvre magistrale radiographie une société décadente et ses malades, en explorant les mystères de leur psychisme. Le jeune Hans Castorp rend visite à son cousin dans un luxueux sanatorium de Davos, en Suisse. Piégé par la magie de ce lieu éminemment romanesque, captivé par des discussions de haut vol, il ne parvient pas à repartir. Le jeune Allemand découvre son attirance pour un personnage androgyne et, au mépris du danger, se laisse peu à peu envoûter par cette vie de souffrances, mais aussi d'aventures extrêmes en montagne et de dévergondage, où fermentent des sentiments d'amour et de mort.
    Évocation ironique d'une vie lascive en altitude, somme philosophique du magicien des mots, ce vertigineux « roman du temps » retrouve tout son éclat dans une nouvelle traduction qui en restitue l'humour et la force expressive.
     
    « Le héros de ce roman porte en lui la forme entière de l'humaine condition. » Jean Guéhenno
     
    Thomas Mann (1875-1955) a reçu le prix Nobel de littérature en 1929. Son oeuvre se distingue tant par sa perfection stylistique que par la richesse de son propos. On compte parmi ses romans les plus célèbres : Les Buddenbrook, La Montagne magique, Le Docteur Faustus, Joseph et ses frères. Il est également l'auteur de nouvelles (La Mort à Venise, Tonio Krger), ainsi que de nombreux essais littéraires, philosophiques et politiques. 

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Thomas Mann. Tonio Krger est un jeune écrivain d'origine bourgeoise et bohème de nature. Esprit tourmenté, il mène une vie solitaire et comme séparée de celle des autres hommes. Il ne peut vivre sans constamment s'interroger sur soi-même, sur l'oeuvre qu'il crée, sans se regarder vivre, alors qu'il n'aspire qu'à vivre comme ceux qui vivent sans y réfléchir, qui ne s'analysent pas, qui ne rêvent pas, qui se contentent de s'abandonner simplement à leurs instincts sociaux. En un mot, il rêve de vivre comme Hans et Inge, tous deux jeunes et beaux, blonds aux yeux bleus, et qui ont tous deux tenu une grande place dans sa vie affective. Thomas Mann évoque la douloureuse solitude d'un être d'exception avec un art d'une rare perfection. Largement autobiographique, "Tonio Krger" est à la base de toute l'oeuvre de Thomas Mann.

  • Schopenhauer

    Thomas Mann




    Ces morceaux choisis de Schopenhauer sont pré-cédés d'une introduction de l'écrivain Thomas Mann, dont l'oeuvre est tout entière marquée par sa lecture du philosophe allemand.

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Thomas Mann. Célèbre écrivain d'âge mûr, Gustav von Aschenbach se rend en villégiature à Venise. À son hôtel du Lido, il rencontre un adolescent d'une beauté apollinienne, Tadzio, dont il tombe éperdument amoureux. Le désir homosexuel qu'il éprouve lui fait honte et leur relation demeure distante. Dans une Venise au charme maléfique dont il apprend bientôt qu'elle est rongée par une épidémie de choléra, il épie le moindre fait et geste du jeune éphèbe. En proie à une fièvre dionysiaque qui le mine chaque jour un peu, Aschenbach ne quitte pas Venise. Il meurt seul sur la plage, grimé en pathétique vieux beau, contemplant une dernière fois l'objet de sa fascination. Traversé par les thèmes de la beauté, de l'art, de l'amour et de la mort, imprégné de culture grecque classique, La Mort à Venise est sans doute le roman le plus contemplatif et le plus mélancolique de Thomas Mann qui en a reconnu la part autobiographique lors de l'adaption au cinéma par Luchino Visconti. Pour l'auteur de La Montagne magique - qui souhaitait à l'origine raconter l'histoire du dernier amour de Goethe, âgé de soixante-dix ans, pour la jeune Ulrike von Levetzow - ce roman est essentiellement "une histoire de mort considérée comme une force de séduction et d'immortalité, une histoire sur le désir de la mort [...], sur la tragédie de la maîtrise de l'art, sur la passion comme désordre et dégradation."


  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Thomas Mann. Le prestidigateur de foire dont il est question dans "Mario et le magicien" est un inquiétant hypnotiseur, une sorte de docteur Mabuse ou Caligari qui, jouant de sa séduction comme d'une arme, parvient à exercer sur le petit public familial d'une station balnéaire de l'Italie mussolinienne un pouvoir comparable à celui d'un dictateur. Interrogation sur les puissances de l'irrationnel, l'exercice de l'autorité et les limites de la liberté individuelle, "Mario et le magicien" - dont le décor et l'atmosphère ne sont pas sans rappeler ceux d'un autre texte célèbre de l'auteur: "Mort à Venise" - ainsi que le compte-rendu "Expériences occultes", sont reliés par un thème commun qui fait fonction de symbole d'une époque de crise, et de prodrome du fascisme: celui de l'occultisme et de l'hypnose. Dans un sens élargi, celui de l'annihilation de la volonté et du libre-arbitre, ils constituent une métaphore de la montée du fascisme dans l'Allemagne des années 20, dont Thomas Mann a su saisir très tôt le développement à travers la vogue de l'obscurantisme et le déferlement de courants irrationels à prétention philosophique.


  • Eight complex stories illustrative of the author's belief that "a story must tell itself," highlighted by the high art style of the famous title novella.
    From the Trade Paperback edition.

  • Anglais Death In Venice

    Thomas Mann

    First published in 1912, Death in Venice tells how Gustave von Aschenbach, a writer utterly absorbed in his work, arrives in Venice as the result of a 'youthfully ardent thirst for distant scenes', and meets a young boy by whose beauty he becomes obsessed. His pitiful pursuit of the object of his affection and its inevitable and pathetic climax are told here with the particular skill the author has for this shorter form of fiction.

  • "The great virtue of Royal Highness is its relaxed, fairy-tale quality that naturally brings the reader inside that 'Edwardian' calm which preceded everything common to contemporary social life. It is very easy to make connections between the book and theories of stratification, statemaking, ritual, legitimacy, even the political economy of preindustrialized states."--Alan Sica, author of Weber, Irrationality, and Social Order

  • The information world has undergone drastic changes since the publication of the 3rd edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research in 2005, and Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian at the Library of Congress, has extensively revised his text to reflect those changes. This book will answer two basic questions: First, what is the extent of the significant research resources you will you miss if you confine your research entirely, or even primarily, to sources available on the open Internet? Second, if you are trying to get a reasonably good overview of the literature on a particular topic, rather than just something quickly on it, what are the several alternative methods of subject searching--which are not available on the Web--that are usually much more efficient for that purpose than typing keywords into a blank search box, with the results displayed by relevance-ranking computer algorithms? This book shows researchers how to do comprehensive research on any topic. It explains the variety of search mechanisms available, so that the researcher can have the reasonable confidence that s/he has not overlooked something important. This includes not just lists of resources, but discussions of the ways to search within them: how to find the best search terms, how to combine the terms, and how to make the databases (and other sources) show relevant material even when you dont know how to specify the best search terms in advance. The books overall structuring by nine methods of searching that are applicable in any subject area, rather than by subjects or by types of literature, is unique among guides to research. Also unique is the range and variety of concrete examples of what to do--and of what not to do. The book is not about the Internet: it is about the best alternatives to the Internet--the sources that are not on the open Web to begin with, that can be found only through research libraries and that are more than ever necessary for any kind of substantive scholarly research. More than any other research guide available, this book directly addresses and provides solutions to the serious problems outlined in recent studies documenting the profound lack of research skills possessed by todays digital natives.

  • The information world has undergone drastic changes since the publication of the 3rd edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research in 2005, and Thomas Mann, a veteran reference librarian at the Library of Congress, has extensively revised his text to reflect those changes. This book will answer two basic questions: First, what is the extent of the significant research resources you will you miss if you confine your research entirely, or even primarily, to sources available on the open Internet? Second, if you are trying to get a reasonably good overview of the literature on a particular topic, rather than just something quickly on it, what are the several alternative methods of subject searching--which are not available on the Web--that are usually much more efficient for that purpose than typing keywords into a blank search box, with the results displayed by relevance-ranking computer algorithms? This book shows researchers how to do comprehensive research on any topic. It explains the variety of search mechanisms available, so that the researcher can have the reasonable confidence that s/he has not overlooked something important. This includes not just lists of resources, but discussions of the ways to search within them: how to find the best search terms, how to combine the terms, and how to make the databases (and other sources) show relevant material even when you dont know how to specify the best search terms in advance. The books overall structuring by nine methods of searching that are applicable in any subject area, rather than by subjects or by types of literature, is unique among guides to research. Also unique is the range and variety of concrete examples of what to do--and of what not to do. The book is not about the Internet: it is about the best alternatives to the Internet--the sources that are not on the open Web to begin with, that can be found only through research libraries and that are more than ever necessary for any kind of substantive scholarly research. More than any other research guide available, this book directly addresses and provides solutions to the serious problems outlined in recent studies documenting the profound lack of research skills possessed by todays digital natives.

  • Anglais Royal Highness

    Thomas Mann

    THE BOOK: One of Thomas Mann's most delightful stories, Royal Highness is richly resonant with may of his themes and symbols. His careful depiction of a decaying, stratified society rejuvenated by modern forces illustrates in fable what he regarded as a universal truth - that ripeness and death are a necessary condition of rebirth.

  • Hans Castorp is 'a perfectly ordinary, if engaging young man' when he goes to visit his cousin in an exclusive sanatorium in the Swiss Alps.What should have been a three week trip turns into a seven year stay. Hans falls in love and becomes intoxicated with the ideas he hears at the clinic - ideas which will strain and crack apart in a world on the verge of the First World War.

  • Texte intégral révisé suivi d'une biographie de Thomas Mann. L'auteur de "La Mort à Venise" reprend ici un de ses thèmes favoris: les rapports de l'amour et de la maladie. Rosalie von Tümmler est une veuve de cinquante ans que la sexualité n'a jamais tourmentée. Elle a une fille et un fils et vit paisiblement à Düsseldorf en accord avec la nature. Satisfaite du monde comme il est, elle se trouve cependant gênée de se sentir vieillir. Elle craint de devenir bientôt "une enveloppe desséchée". Elle s'éprend de Ken, un jeune américain de 24 ans qui donne des leçons à son fils. Après avoir tenté d'imposer silence à sa passion, elle s'abandonne et connaît "les Pâques de sa féminité". Elle meurt quelques jours plus tard d'un cancer de l'utérus. "Le Mirage" est une étude psychologique dans un cadre moderne et le symbolique s'y superpose au pathologique. Dans cet amour qu'éprouve une femme entre deux âges pour un jeune homme, de même que dans son rajeunissement affectif et même physique, il faut sans aucun doute voir une allégorie d'une très grande force sur la nature et la grinçante ironie de Thomas Mann sur le miracle de l'innocence retrouvée.


  • Featuring his world-famous masterpiece, "Death in Venice," this new collection of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's stories and novellas reveals his artistic evolution. In this new, widely acclaimed translation that restores the controversial passages that were cut out of the original English version, "Death in Venice" tells about a ruinous quest for love and beauty amid degenerating splendor. Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but lonely author, travels to the Queen of the Adriatic in search of an elusive spiritual fulfillment that turns into his erotic doom. Spellbound by a beautiful Polish boy, he finds himself fettered to this hypnotic city of sun-drenched sensuality and eerie physical decay.
    Also included in this volume are eleven other stories by Mann: "Tonio Kroger," "Gladius Dei," "The Blood of the Walsungs," "The Will for Happiness," "Little Herr Friedmann," "Tobias Mindernickel," "Little Lizzy," "Tristan," "The Starvelings," "The Wunderkind," and "Harsh Hour." All of the stories collected here display Mann's inimitable use of irony, his subtle characterizations, and superb, complex plots.

  • With all of the new developments in information storage and retrieval, researchers today need a clear and comprehensive overview of the full range of their options, both online and offline, for finding the best information quickly. In this third edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, Thomas Mann maps out an array not just of important databases and print sources, but of several specific search techniques that can be applied profitably in any area of research. From academic resources to government documents to manuscripts in archives to business Web sites, Mann shows readers how best to exploit controlled subject headings, explains why browsing library shelves is still important in an online age, demonstrates how citation searching and related record searching produce results far beyond keyword inquiries, and offers practical tips on making personal contacts with knowledgeable people. Against the trendy but mistaken assumption that "everything" can be found on the Internet, Mann shows the lasting value of physical libraries and the unexpected power of traditional search mechanisms, while also providing the best overview of the new capabilities of computer indexing.
    Throughout the book Mann enlivens his advice with real-world examples derived from his experience of having helped thousands of researchers, with interests in all subjects areas, over a quarter century. Along the way he provides striking demonstrations and powerful arguments against those theorists who have mistakenly announced the demise of print.
    Essential reading for students, scholars, professional researchers, and laypersons, The Oxford Guide to Library Research offers a rich, inclusive overview of the information field, one that can save researchers countless hours of frustration in the search for the best sources on their topics.

  • With all of the new developments in information storage and retrieval, researchers today need a clear and comprehensive overview of the full range of their options, both online and offline, for finding the best information quickly. In this third edition of The Oxford Guide to Library Research, Thomas Mann maps out an array not just of important databases and print sources, but of several specific search techniques that can be applied profitably in any area of research. From academic resources to government documents to manuscripts in archives to business Web sites, Mann shows readers how best to exploit controlled subject headings, explains why browsing library shelves is still important in an online age, demonstrates how citation searching and related record searching produce results far beyond keyword inquiries, and offers practical tips on making personal contacts with knowledgeable people. Against the trendy but mistaken assumption that "everything" can be found on the Internet, Mann shows the lasting value of physical libraries and the unexpected power of traditional search mechanisms, while also providing the best overview of the new capabilities of computer indexing.
    Throughout the book Mann enlivens his advice with real-world examples derived from his experience of having helped thousands of researchers, with interests in all subjects areas, over a quarter century. Along the way he provides striking demonstrations and powerful arguments against those theorists who have mistakenly announced the demise of print.
    Essential reading for students, scholars, professional researchers, and laypersons, The Oxford Guide to Library Research offers a rich, inclusive overview of the information field, one that can save researchers countless hours of frustration in the search for the best sources on their topics.

  • In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a famous letter to Adorno in which he formulated the principle of montage adopted in his novel Doctor Faustus. The writer expressly invited the philosopher to consider, with me, how such a work and I mean Leverkhns work could more or less be practically realized. Their close collaboration on questions concerning the character of the fictional composers putatively late works (Adorno produced specific sketches which are included as an appendix to the present volume) effectively laid the basis for a further exchange of letters. The ensuing correspondence between the two men documents a rare encounter of creative tension between literary tradition and aesthetic modernism which would be sustained right up until the novelists death in 1955. In the letters, Thomas Mann openly acknowledged his fascinated reading of Adornos Minima Moralia and commented in detail on the Essay on Wagner, which he was as eager to read as the one in the Book of Revelation consumes a book which tastes as sweet as honey. Adorno in turn offered detailed observations upon and frequently enthusiastic commendations of Manns later writings, such as The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence also touches upon issues of great personal significance, notably the sensitive discussion of the problems of returning from exile to postwar Germany. The letters are extensively annotated and offer the reader detailed notes concerning the writings, events and personalities referred or alluded to in the correspondence.

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