Thomas Mann: The Somber and the Satiric

Lange, Victor
October 1955
New Republic;10/3/55, Vol. 133 Issue 14, p19
The article discusses the book "The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man," by Thomas Mann. One of Thomas Mann's recent memorial essay and the above book mentioned is an unmistakably piece of self-portraiture: The one solemn and rhetorical, the other the very essence of Mann's immensely entertaining gift for the projection of an ambiguous human situation. Both contain the central theme of all of Mann's fiction: The victory of perception over the obtuseness of nature. As in all other novels by Mann, the idea--half Platonic half Wagnerian--of redemption through love emerges as the crowning myth in this novel. This novel by Thomas Mann is one of the most intricate examples of his craft.


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