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The magician: a novel

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From one of today's most brilliant and beloved novelists, a dazzling, epic family saga set across a half-century spanning World War I, the rise of Hitler, World War II, and the Cold War.

Colm Tóibín's magnificent new novel opens in a provincial German city at the turn of the twentieth century, where the boy, Thomas Mann, grows up with a conservative father, bound by propriety, and a Brazilian mother, alluring and unpredictable. Young Mann hides his artistic aspirations from his father and his homosexual desires from everyone. He is infatuated with one of the richest, most cultured Jewish families in Munich, and marries the daughter Katia. They have six children. On a holiday in Italy, he longs for a boy he sees on a beach and writes the story Death in Venice. He is the most successful novelist of his time, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, a public man whose private life remains secret. He is expected to lead the condemnation of Hitler, whom he underestimates. His oldest daughter and son, leaders of Bohemianism and of the anti-Nazi movement, share lovers. He flees Germany for Switzerland, France and, ultimately, America, living first in Princeton and then in Los Angeles.

In a stunning marriage of research and imagination, Tóibín explores the heart and mind of a writer whose gift is unparalleled and whose life is driven by a need to belong and the anguish of illicit desire. The Magician is an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived'the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. This is a man and a family fiercely engaged by the world, profoundly flawed, and unforgettable. As People magazine said about The Master, 'It's a delicate, mysterious process, this act of creation, fraught with psychological tension, and Tóibín captures it beautifully.'
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Bohemianism -- Fiction
Gay men -- Fiction
Germany -- History -- 1871- -- Fiction
Germany -- History -- 1871-1918 -- Fiction
Historical fiction
LGBTQIA+
Large type books
Los Angeles (Calif.) -- Fiction
Mann, Thomas, -- 1875-1955 -- Fiction
Murder -- Investigation -- Fiction
Mystery fiction
Novelists, German -- Fiction
United States -- History -- 1945- -- Fiction
title_displayThe magician : a novel
title_fullThe magician : a novel / Colm Tóibin
title_shortThe magician
title_suba novel
topic_facetBohemianism
Gay men
History
Investigation
Mann, Thomas
Murder
Novelists, German