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Der kleine Herr Friedemann

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Die Novelle erzählt in fünfzehn knappen Kapiteln die Lebensgeschichte von Johannes Friedemann, der als Kleinkind vom Wickeltisch fiel und seitdem an einer körperlichen Missbildung leidet. „Er war nicht schön […] mit seiner spitzen und hohen Brust, seinem weit ausladenden Rücken und seinen viel zu langen, mageren Armen“ und „bot einen höchst seltsamen Anblick. Seine Hände u...more
ebook, 193 pages
Published July 18th 2011 by Klassische deutsche Literatur (first published 1897)
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Magically beautiful and profoundly sad. I'm stunned, even though I don't know what I else I could have expected from Mann. He always has that knack of playing on my emotions so skillfully, that he can bring up completely contrasting images and moods in the space of a few pages.
I'd have loved for this to be a longer story, I feel the desire to learn a lot more about the characters, and yet Mann's prose is so potent, that enough is said in the novella as it is.
The first Mann I dared read completel...more
Little Herr Friedemann is a sad little story in which Thomas Mann never lets us forget that Johannes Friedemann is physically, and therefore socially, less than other men. His spinal deformity means that he can never display his manliness in sports or by bragging of his conquests with girls. The text makes the point by always referring to him as little Herr Friedemann (der kleine Herr Friedemann), never just Herr Friedemann.

Friedemann’s sisters are plain, and therefore also unmarried. Like thei...more
A set of Mann's early short stories. Many are little more than sketches and show very few signs of the exploration of humanity and ideas that would characterize his later works. Several of the stories are portraits of cruelty. Of these, only A Gleam really succeeds: the others, especially Little Lizzie are crude and silly. The Blood Of The Walsungs, perhaps the best known - or most notorious - is ludicrously literal in making parallels between the story's characters and those of Wagner's Di Walk...more
This anthology has a story called Disillusionment. It is a perfect summary of the position of the Romantic movement in literature. The narrator falls into conversation with someone and explains that he had high expectations of life but everything in actuality was a disappoinment! His imagination conjures up events which are more dramatic, more vivid than the actual events. His parents' house is burned down and his comment is, "So this is a fire. Is this all there is to it?"
His yearning for great...more
Simon Bédard
Some stories are incredibles, others just ok. The writing is always on point, pitch perfect. You can tell is preparing for the big stuff!
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Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and 1929 Nobel Prize laureate, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intel...more
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