By Theodor W. Adorno, Thomas Mann
In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a well-known letter to Adorno during which he formulated the main of montage followed in his novel Doctor Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to ‘consider, with me, how this type of paintings – and that i suggest Leverkühn’s paintings – might kind of be essentially realized’. Their shut collaboration on questions about the personality of the fictitious composer’s putatively past due works (Adorno produced particular sketches that are integrated as an appendix to the current quantity) successfully laid the root for a different trade of letters.
The resulting correspondence among the 2 males records a unprecedented come upon of artistic stress among literary culture and aesthetic modernism which might be sustained correct up until eventually the novelist’s demise in 1955. within the letters, Thomas Mann overtly said his ‘fascinated reading’ of Adorno’s Minima Moralia and commented intimately at the Essay on Wagner, which he was once as desirous to learn as ‘the one within the publication of Revelation who consumes a publication which tastes “as candy as honey”’. Adorno in flip provided particular observations upon and often enthusiastic commendations of Mann’s later writings, comparable to The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence additionally touches upon problems with nice own importance, particularly the delicate dialogue of the issues of getting back from exile to postwar Germany.
The letters are greatly annotated and provide the reader specified notes about the writings, occasions and personalities referred or alluded to within the correspondence.
“Begun in the course of their joint exile in California and finishing with Mann’s demise quite a few days prior to a long-postponed reunion in post-war Europe, this correspondence among the 20 th century’s so much incredible thinker of modernism and the mythical German consultant of modernist fiction is an incredibly relocating record to their mutual recognize and admiration, closeness and distance, guarded intimacy and outstanding highbrow affinities. rigorously annotated, those letters supply us a treasure trove of deeply own exchanges approximately each one man’s works, whereas brimming with shared insights into post-war German tradition and the McCarthy years within the United States.” —Andreas Huyssen, Columbia University
“Adorno have been a lifelong, if from time to time uneasy, admirer of Thomas Mann’s genius. The invitation through Mann to turn into a technical and old adviser for the musicology and philosophy of track in Mann’s Doctor Faustus placed Adorno close to the centre of shared exile in California. It additionally entailed a sour clash with Schoenberg. Adorno used to be stuck within the center. those letters rfile not just a desirable highbrow come upon, yet an example of artistic collaboration infrequent in literary history.” —George Steiner, Churchill university, Cambridge