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Little Herr Friedmann And Other Stories
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  • Published: 7 November 1997
  • ISBN: 9780749386870
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99

Little Herr Friedmann And Other Stories


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SALES POINTS: * Autobiography in the guise of fiction - rare insight into the mind of this Nobel Prize winning writer. * Classic fiction which sells steadily to students and to the general reader. * Has been core Penguin backlist for years - now reverting to Minerva. * An essential part of the Mann reissue programme - including truly gorgeous new covers.

THE BOOK: A selection of work taken from his highly acclaimed collection Stories of a Lifetime by one of the greatest writers of the 20th Century. In elegant prose, Mann explores such eternal themes as: individuals forced into the extremes of their existence, isolation and the artist's tentative position in the harsh world, the realization of one's true nature.

  • Pub date: 7 November 1997
  • ISBN: 9780749386870
  • Imprint: Vintage
  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 208
  • RRP: $24.99

About the Author

Thomas Mann

Thomas Mann was born in 1875 in Lubeck, of a line of prosperous and influential merchants. Mann was educated under the discipline of North German schoolmasters before working for an insurance office aged nineteen. During this time he secretly wrote his first tale, Fallen, and shortly afterwards left the insurance office to study art and literature at the University in Munich. After a year in Rome he devoted himself exclusively to writing.

He was only twenty-five when Buddenbrooks, his first major novel, was published. Before it was banned and burned by Hitler, it had sold over a million copies in Germany alone. His second great novel, The Magic Mountain, was published in 1924 and the first volume of his tetralogy Joseph and his Brothers in 1933. In 1929 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature. IN 1933 Thomas Mann left Germany for Switzerland. Then, after several previous visits, in 1938 he settled in the United States, where he wrote Doctor Faustus and The Holy Sinner. Among the honours he received in the US was his appointment as a Fellow of the Library of Congress. He revisited his native country in 1949 and returned to Switzerland in 1952, where The Black Swan and Confessions of Felix Krull were written and where he died in 1955.

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