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The Holy Sinner by Thomas Mann

The Holy Sinner (original 1951; edition 1951)

by Thomas Mann, H.T. Lowe-Porter (Translator)

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Title:The Holy Sinner
Authors:Thomas Mann
Other authors:H.T. Lowe-Porter (Translator)
Info:New York, Knopf, 1951.
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Tags:Fiction, Thomas Mann, 20th century, Translation

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The Holy Sinner by Thomas Mann (1951)



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On the face of it, this book doesn't seem to have much going for it. It is an unlikely tale of medieval incest and coincidence, written and translated in an archaic style, and with a moral message. Yet, give it space, and somehow it manages to be strangely compelling. Thomas Mann seems to have that power, even when I lose track of the philosophical points for tens of pages in his longer works. Certainly not everyone's cup of tea, and not really mine, but a refreshing read nonetheless. ( )
  rrmmff2000 | Apr 21, 2015 |
  tutwileh | Jun 17, 2013 |
Surprisingly readable despite the unpromising synopsis; the shrunken Gregory on a rock in the middle of a lake rather reminded me of Voldemort in exile. (Read in a seacaptain's house in Whitby) ( )
1 vote js229 | May 12, 2010 |
This fascinated me in college; I wrote a paper contrasting Mann's treatment with the work by Hartmann von Aue that he based it on. Time to reread. ( )
  MarthaJeanne | Nov 12, 2008 |
This is a book about a man who is born from the union of brother and sister and as a baby is delivered to the sea in a cask. Brought up by monks he eventually goes in search of his parents and ends up marrying his mother. Then follow many years of penance on a rock in the middle of a lake. He then is sought out and becomes Pope. In this role he is rediscovered by his mother. I first bought this book in 1966, over 30 years ago, and remembered it as a wonderful book. I have just re-read it and it does little for me. ( )
  PossMan | Oct 4, 2007 |
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Lowe-Porter, H. T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowe-Porter, H.T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Partanen, JormaTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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Glockenschall, Glockenschwall supra urbem, über der ganzen Stadt, in ihren von Klang erfüllten Lüften! Glocken, Glocken, sie schwingen und schaukeln, wogen und wiegen ausholend an ihren Balken, in ihren Stühlen, hundertstimmig, in babylonischem Durcheinander.
"This story is based in the main on the verse epos Gregorius vom Stein by the Middle High German poet Hartmann von Aue (c. 1165-1210), who took his legend of chivalry from the French." --p. facing 336. (1951 ed.)
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First published in 1951, The Holy Sinner explores a subject that fascinated Thomas Mann to the end of his life--the origins of evil and evil's connection with magic. Here Mann uses a medieval legend about 'the exceeding mercy of God and the birth of the blessed Pope Gregory' as he used the Biblical account of Joseph as the basis for Joseph and His Brothers--illuminating with his ironic sensibility the notion of original sin and transcendence of evil.

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