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Klaus Mann Thomas Mann S Son Wrote MEPHISTO While Living In Exile From The Germany Of World War II In It He Captures The Isherwood Like Atmosphere Of Nazi Germany While Telling A Satiric Story About The Rise To Power Of One Man A Thinly Veiled Caricature Of His Own Brother In Law The Man Is Hendrik Hofgen, A Character Actor Who In His Own Life Plays A Bizarre Part In The Elite Circle Of The Third Reich Hofgen Is Publicly A Revolutionary, But Secretly He Is A Man Driven By An Obsessive Need For Power And Fame Although He Benefits From The Prestige Of Being Married To The Daughter Of An Eminent Politician, He Endangers His Rise In Nazi Society By His Compulsive Involvement With A Black Venus His Brilliant Success As Mephisto In FAUST Brings Him The Support Of The F Hrer S Prime Minister, Who Appoints Him Head Of The State Theater His Dreams Are Finally Realized, But The Story Ends On A Note Of Despair As Hofgen Is Forced To Confront The Emptiness Of His Life Mann Weaves His Tale With Amazing Skill The Result Is A Fascinating Novel Of Decadence And EvilKlaus Mann, The Second Child Of Thomas Mann, Was Born In Munich In He Began Writing Short Stories And Articles In , And Within A Year Was A Theatrical Critic For A Berlin Newspaper In Both A Volume Of Short Stories And His First Novel, THE PIOUS DANCE, Were Published His Sister, Erika, To Whom He Was Very Close, Was In The Cast Of His First Play, ANJA AND ESTHER Mann Left Germany In And Lived In Amsterdam Until , During Which Time He Became A Czechoslovakian Citizen, Having Been Deprived Of His German Citizenship By The Nazis He Moved To America In , Living In Princeton, New Jersey, And New York City He Became A US Citizen In He Died At The Age Of Forty Two In Cannes, France Robin Smyth Was A European Correspondent For The London Observer

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    Mephisto, Klaus Mann 1906 1949 Mephisto Novel of a Career is the sixth novel by Klaus Mann, which was published in 1936 whilst he was in exile in Amsterdam It was published for the first time in Germany in the East Berlin Aufbau Verlag in 1956 This novel a thinly disguised portrait of the actor Gustaf Gr ndgens , the Tchaikovsky novel Symphonie Path tique and the emigrant novel Der Vulkan are Klaus Mann s three most famous novels An award winning 1981 movie was based on Mann s novel The novel adapts the Mephistopheles Dr Faustus theme by having the main character Hendrik H fgen abandon his conscience and continue to act and ingratiate himself with the Nazi Party to keep and improve his job and social position 2011 1392 366 21 5 14 5 9789641912217 20 42

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    I greatly underestimated this book It s been sitting on my shelf unread for well over ten years Now I really wish I had read it much earlier.Klaus Mann had a talent for writing satire, and even just reading the first chapter of Mephisto leaves no question about why Mann had to emigrate and why the book was published in the Netherlands and elsewhere in 1936 but remained unpublished in Germany until much later 1956 in East Germany In 1966 Mephisto became the object of a law suit that would prevent its publication in West Germany until 1981 to protect the reputation of Gustav Gruendgens incidentally Mann s one time brother in law , who Mephisto s protagonist Hendrik Hoefgen is based on.All the way through the book, it seemed incredible that Mann could have written this 1935 and produced such a clear account of the inner workings of Nazi Germany that seemed to present itself to the media and knowledge of the general public only years later on the eve of the second world war.

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    Without a doubt the prose in this translated novel goes clunkety clunk and sometimes stops altogether in a flurry of authorial interference on the page, written to make sure that I as a reader know what to think But once i put all these objections in a box, what I m left with is an extraordinary work, to be sure historical artifact than novel, that captures a culture at the tipping point of losing its soul The metaphorical layers are perfect to the historic moment It might at first feel like a blunt tool to use Goethe s play Faust, written in part as an Enlightenment manifesto, as a metaphor for Nazism s rise But Mann isn t going for subtle, here This book feels driven by heartbreak and urgency.So while I didn t love the execution, and may actually feel I ll like the movie better once I see it, I loved it for its passionate conviction and its truth saying.

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    Zaman n iyi izilmi bir portresini i erse de yeterince iyi d n lm , iyi yaz lm de il Bir Thomas Mann beklemeyin ama ilk evrilen kitab a n n ocu u ndan daha ak c oldu unu bilin lk b l mlerdeki detayc l n s rd rebilseydi Klaus Mann, biraz da yazd klar n n zerinden ge ebilseydi, bir ba yap ttan bahsedbilirdik u haliyle benim i in zevkli bir okuma, geri d n p bakma ihtiyac hissetmeyece im bir kitap olarak kald.

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    Would we make the same deal with the devil knowing what we know now about the Third Reich in order to have some luxury Knowing what people are most people would To gain everything and to lose your soul Sacrifice for moral reasons is something we like saying but rarely do The main character in Mephisto Hendrik Hofgen, knows what kinds of people that the Third Reich are but, make selfish justifications for his entanglement with the far right Hendrik loses his wife, mistress, his friends from the theater and his art because the third reich don t want art but, propaganda I wish this book was written after 1945 because I would like to know what justifications Hendrik Hofgen would made after Hitler s Germany ended.

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    Klaus Mann based his portrayal of the everyman evil that was responsible for the ease with which National Socialism seized control of everything German upon his brother in law, the actor Gustav Gr ndgens Written during Mann s political exile in Czechoslovakia, Mephisto is a withering literary accusation blasted at the commonplace moral capitulation that enveloped German society in the early thirties and allowed itself to be stirred to a fever pitch of aggression.Gr ndgens, thinly disguised in the text as Hendrik H fgen, is introduced as a struggling member of a German acting troupe, a believer in the communist cause and involved in a love affair with a black expatriate who indulges his fetish for being dominated during sex H fgen marries an immensely good but naive woman, who agrees to the union seemingly out of pity for the actor, a man who projects arrogance as a sweeping shield against the massive insecurities he suffers from, the daily humiliations he believes are dealt him by a cruel, mocking society Originally forced to flee the country when the Nazis first come to power, he abandons his wife and returns after cultivating a relationship with Lotte, a Nazi actress that he formerly scorned for her lack of talent, but who now is the mistress of Hermann G ring Garnering wide acclaim for his magisterial portrayal of Mephisto in a stage version of Goethe s Faust, he now basks in the favor of his powerful new patron, yet is always painfully aware just how precarious such favor is During his meteoric journey to the top of his profession he abandons his former communist comrades and his lover to their fates at the hands of Germany s intolerant new masters Later, when he has achieved the reknown he so desperately sought, there are occasional half hearted efforts to help his betrayed companions, brought about when the heavy burdens on his conscience prove too difficult to sustain as every Faust comes to learn, selling your soul always bears a cost which only underscore his pitiful embrace of an abhorrent political system solely due to egoism and cowardice.This is an uneven book, with parts that sear the page as we witness the internal agonies of H fgens as he loses every shred of conviction, and others such as his relationship with his mistress and his enigmatic wife that come across as rote material The pervasive background danger of German fascism wends its way into the story, and G ring s quiet menace in his scenes with the actor, the sinister threat that underlies his loud bonhomie, are subtle touches Mann pulls off well By the end, as a broken H fgens bewails that men have always been so hard on him, a mere actor, the opening lines from Wilhelm Meister brand him with their condemnation All men s failings I forgive in actors no actor s failings will I forgive in men.

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    Completely amazing Maybe the best European novel about the rise of fascism in the 30s

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    In the good middle class families, it was the kind of thing that we hid And , there was a very strong paternal image Thomas Mann, the statute of the commander He made shade to his brother Heinrich, he crushed his son, Klaus This one over was gay.Klaus fought the Nazis in American army He is committed suicide of despair in 1949.I would ever have known him without the cinema M phisto is a Hungarian film of Isvan Szabo I had seen it because M phisto was played by Klaus Maria Brandauer cover photo the greatest alive German actor with the genius Bruno Ganz he plays in Cartel, the last Ridley Scott.The film incited me to read the book, but at that time it was not easy to get it did not existed It is certainly a book which speaks about homosexuality but this is not only that In fact several grids of readings are possible.From my point of view, it is above all a novel on ambitiousness and arrivism It is the story of a Rastignac, prepared to compromise all one s principles to succeed He has modest origin He modifies his first name of Heinz in Hendryk which appears nobler to him He will become the favorite actor of the power.The example is Gustaf Gr ndsgen, brother in law and and ex lover of Klaus, who will be the great actor of Reich because protected by Mrs Goering.This is however not only one Balzac chronicle It is also a novel on alterity and of course homosexuality Je est un autre has said Rimbaud And which better than an actor for character They are the only ones which assumes to be another during a certain time They cross the mirror while seeking to be other while remaining them even.I believe that the comparison stop there To further go would be an error because at the bottom the truth is trivial.Hendrik H fgen is a good actor but he is sublime in only one role M phisto, the devil Why is he not good in Hamlet Because basically Hendrik H fgen M phisto love himself so much to be able to love the others The Devil can t love someone Hendrik H fgen can only love images and the SM volution is inevitable In fact it s a poor man, a monster of go sm and selfishness.With final, Klauss wanted to regulate his accounts with his ex lover I am not sure he helped homosexual by taking Hendrik H fgen as hero He is frankly hateful.I m not gay but my gay friends are absolutely not like that.

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    Some of the most fascinating books I ve read recently have been criticisms of 1930 s era Germany, written before any countries were invaded or any insidious Solutions adopted as official state doctrine Mephisto is a particularly scathing novel published in 1936 by Klaus Mann, the son of the celebrated Thomas Mann, after he was exiled to Amsterdam forwell, pretty much everything about the man demanded immediate exile by the regime For the record, he soon emigrated to the US where he joined the army Awesome Everything about this novel feels like it was published well after the war when the true horrors were well known It was really, really easy to write a scathing novel about Nazi Germany in the 50 s, 60 s etcnot so much in the 30 s The caricatures of certain overweight dandy prime ministers and limping, unctuous propaganda ministers have a very Vonnegut feel The story itself, of a low class actor who chooses career ambition over moral duty, feels very much like Mother Night one of my favorite reads this year Some of the passages are creepily prescient The propaganda minister sent a basket of orchids, which looked so poisonous that one might well have imagined the recipient dying after breathing in their perfume 246.Remember, this was published in 1936.The title of course highlights the parallel between an actor selling his soul to the Reich and Faust selling his soul to the devil, and the plot is cleverly, cinematically carried out The tone is distant and ironic, the political stance or the author never wavers, yet crescendos by the end to almost a scream if it s possible to write a scream Mann is preaching to the choir at this point, yes, but preaching perhaps just a little too long, at the expense of his plot and characters The ending is abrupt, but then, we modern readers can fill in the rest of the story for ourselves.

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    The dark and salutory tale of Hendrik Hofgen, an obsessive actor in pre war Berlin who, when the Nazis come to power and his friends opt for resistance or flight, chooses to ingratiate himself with Goering when the latter enthuses over his performace as Mephistopholes in Faust He is sucked into a corrupt and self destructive world and realises too late that he himself has effectively sold his soul to the Devil I read this after watching the German movie of the same name starring Klaus Maria Brandauer in an electrifying performance Klaus Mann, son of Thomas Mann The Magic Mountain, Death in Venice, etc killed himself in 1949.