The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

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In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps, a community devoted exclusively to sickness, as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality.

The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book that pulses with life in the midst of death.

Vintage, 1995.
ISBN: 9780679772873. 706 pp.
Translated by John E. Woods.
Softcover. Near fine.