By Theodor W. Adorno, Thomas Mann
In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a well-known letter to Adorno during which he formulated the primary of montage followed in his novel Doctor Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to ‘consider, with me, how this kind of paintings – and that i suggest Leverkühn’s paintings – may roughly be virtually realized’. Their shut collaboration on questions in regards to the personality of the fictitious composer’s putatively past due works (Adorno produced particular sketches that are integrated as an appendix to the current quantity) successfully laid the root for one more trade of letters.
The resulting correspondence among the 2 males records a unprecedented come across of artistic stress among literary culture and aesthetic modernism which might be sustained correct up till the novelist’s loss of life in 1955. within the letters, Thomas Mann brazenly said his ‘fascinated reading’ of Adorno’s Minima Moralia and commented intimately at the Essay on Wagner, which he was once as wanting to learn as ‘the one within the publication of Revelation who consumes a booklet which tastes “as candy as honey”’. Adorno in flip provided certain observations upon and regularly enthusiastic commendations of Mann’s later writings, similar to The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence additionally touches upon problems with nice own importance, particularly the delicate dialogue of the issues of strolling back from exile to postwar Germany.
The letters are largely annotated and supply the reader certain notes in regards to the writings, occasions and personalities referred or alluded to within the correspondence.
“Begun in the course of their joint exile in California and finishing with Mann’s dying quite a few days ahead of a long-postponed reunion in post-war Europe, this correspondence among the 20 th century’s such a lot terrific thinker of modernism and the mythical German consultant of modernist fiction is an incredibly relocating record to their mutual admire and admiration, closeness and distance, guarded intimacy and outstanding highbrow affinities. rigorously annotated, those letters provide us a treasure trove of deeply own exchanges approximately each one man’s works, whereas brimming with shared insights into post-war German tradition and the McCarthy years within the United States.” —Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
“Adorno have been a lifelong, if every now and then uneasy, admirer of Thomas Mann’s genius. The invitation through Mann to develop into a technical and historic adviser for the musicology and philosophy of song in Mann’s Doctor Faustus positioned Adorno close to the centre of shared exile in California. It additionally entailed a sour clash with Schoenberg. Adorno used to be stuck within the heart. those letters record not just a desirable highbrow stumble upon, yet an example of artistic collaboration infrequent in literary history.” —George Steiner, Churchill university, Cambridge
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Correspondence 1943–1955 by Theodor W. Adorno, Thomas Mann