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Carlotta a Weimar

3.62  ·  Rating Details  ·  498 Ratings  ·  22 Reviews
"Carlota en Weimar" surge de una anécdota en apariencia nimia, la llegada a Weimar del personaje que sirvió de inspiración a Goethe en "Desventuras del joven Werther", y su posterior encuentro con el que fuera su apasionado adorador cuando éste cuenta ya setenta y siete años y se halla en la cima de su fama.

Esta obra maestra, escrita ya por Mann en el exilio y publicada po
Hardcover, 536 pages
Published June 1971 by Mondadori (first published 1939)
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May 31, 2013 Spiderorchid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Sehr schön konstruiert und ausgesprochen amüsant (vor allem, wenn man Goethe nicht besonders mag...). Thomas Mann führt den Goethe-Kult und die überspannten Romatiker vor und zeichnet dabei ein interessantes Bild der Zeit. Besonders gefallen hat mir, wie er in Lottes Persönlichkeit ihre Existenz als "Werther's Lotte" und als bodenständige Frau mit einem individuellen, vom literarischen Kult der auf ihr basierten Figur losgelösten Ehe- und Familienleben verbindet. Die Charaktere des Romans bleibe ...more
Scott Robinson
May 02, 2012 Scott Robinson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Only a novelist as self-possessed as Mann could adequately tackle the monumental subject of Goethe. Indeed it seems that, with a work as unique in style as this, Mann was attempting to make yet another stride toward the same vast stylistic breadth as Goethe's own oeuvre of verse.

The premise is so simple, yet the philosophic scope so wide and rich. Whether such a reunion between Goethe and the inspiration for his The Sorrows of Young Werther ever occurred or not, the reader will insist: "This is
A bit tedious at times but mostly because I felt like I should know more about some of the characters prior to this reading. I'm not smart enough or informed enough for this book as real life people are mentioned like I should know their personal biographies. I'm sure if I knew more about Goethe, and his circle, this story would have been interesting on many more levels than it was for me. But, none the less, I found it interesting on the surface levels that I could embrace. The basis of the sto ...more
William Dearth
Oct 02, 2013 William Dearth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germanic
This is a very special book. If you are an admirer of both Thomas Mann and Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, arguably the greatest literary giant in German history, you will capture rare insight of both men.

The only problem with the book is that as a prerequisite, one certainly must be familiar with Goethe's "The Sorrows of Young Werther" for this book to really be appreciated. Mann's conception and writing is first rate as always. One could probably enjoy reading this without knowledge of Werther, bu
Oct 12, 2013 Takenari rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Well I read it in Japanese translation. One of two books I read in 2010 over which I lingered the longest(the other being Schild's Ladder by Greg Egan). Its audacity of structure, depth and breadth of knowledge on Goethe, and gentle sense of irony were all eye-opening. I mean who else, writing on Goethe, has the guts to show the great man get so aroused by his own fantasies that he starts to masterbate(this, if my interpretation of the scene is correct in the translation). Such a rewarding book ...more
Cooper Renner
Less a novel than a work of social and literary criticism in the guise of fiction, this is a masterly work, but not a masterpiece like Magic Mountain. Much of the book resembles a Platonic dialogue, though there is often less dialogue as such than long expositions and narrative by one character told to another who mostly listens. The "incident" around which the novel revolves is the visit of "Lotte" of "Sorrows of Young Werther" to Weimar where the book's author Goethe has long lived.
Jacques le fataliste et son maître
Un capolavoro di ironia, questo ritratto della società e in particolare dell’intellettualità che si raccoglie attorno al vecchio Goethe come attorno a un monumento nazionale.
Coraggioso e affascinante il capitolo in cui Mann ci conduce all’inseguimento dei pensieri di Goethe, mettendoli in scena in un monologo interiore (o pseudo tale).
Alexa Stark
არ ვიცი შეიძლება სხვისთვის საინტერესოა მაგრამ ....
გაგრძელება არ შემეძლო უბრალოდ.
Bogdan Rat
Sep 13, 2015 Bogdan Rat rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone, particulary to Goethe's fans
The first characteristic of this book wich you will remark is its refinement, a refinement wich made Thomas Mann famous with Buddenbrooks, but to a whole new level this time (no wonder since there are 38 years between these two beautiful works): it's more than charming. The society back then was charming: elegance, manners, language, everything...

After a while, and you'd be right to believe so, you would have the impression that this will only turn out to be an afternoon full of "conversations",
Sandra Matteotti
Besuch bei Goethe

"Mit der ordinären Post von Gotha trafen an diesem Tage, morgens kurz nach 8 Uhr, drei Frauenzimmer vor dem renommierten Hause am Markte ein, denen auf den ersten Blick – und auch auf den zweiten noch – nichts Sonderliches anzumerken gewesen war."

Bei den drei Frauenzimmern handelt es sich um Charlotte Kestner samt Tochter und Zofe. Unter dem Vorwand, ihre Schwester besuchen zu wollen, ist die in die Jahre gekommene Lotte nach Weimar gereist und lässt sich im Gasthof „Zum Elepha
Peter Jakobs
May 18, 2014 Peter Jakobs rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
One of the very best books I ever read! Except of the final chapter it describes one day in Weimar when Charlotte Kestner, born Buff, arrived in Weimar to visit her sister - but actually to meet Goethe first time after 44 years when they had a unfulfilled love. Not any love - but the one which inspired Goethe to write his most famos novel: "Die Leiden des jungen Werther".
Beside this aspect there are a lot of statements in Goethe's thoughts which seem to be more Thomas Mann's own thoughts about a
Thomas Mann admired Goethe tremendously, wrote essays about him and gave lectures on this author. It is safe to say that Mann was fascinated by the author. This novel portrays Goethe as a difficult, irritating, selfish aging man who is devoted primarily to his own special interests and pursuits. The psychology of a man like this is plumbed with the acuity of the great writer that Mann was by the late nineteen-thirties. The character of Goethe is delineated through the perspectives of Lotte, Goet ...more
khatia nebulishvili
„არა აქვს მნიშვენელობა, გიყვართ ან მოგწონთ თუ არა თომას მანი (თუმცა წარმოუდგენელია არ მოგწონდეთ,) მაგრამ შეუძლებელია ყველაზე კრიტიკულად განწყობილმა ადამიანმაც არ აღიაროს: როდესაც მი წიგნს კითხულობ, გჯერა, რომ ავტორმა ყველაფერი იცის- ყველა პერსონაჟის სხეულში ზის, ყველას გონებით ფიქრობს და ყველა მათგანის განცდასაც თავადაც განიცდის. ეს იმდენად ცხადია, რომ შიშიც გიპყრობს კითხვისას“
მაქს ფრიში
ტოჩნა რა!
Scott Cox
Thomas Mann is one of my favorite authors. This was an interesting "twist" on Goethe's original novel.
Jan Langer
Pretty boring
Apr 15, 2013 Spirohir rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have yet to tackle Goethe full-on, but have always enjoyed Mann so picked it off the library shelf when I saw it. What really came through for me was the intricate portrayals of Lotte and Goethe, particularly that of an ageing lady still with a foot in her past glories -- far more sympathetic and real than Goethe. I'll need to come back to it again after more familiarity with Goethe's works.
Aug 13, 2015 Marc rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Verhaal van de Hofrätin Charlotte Kestner, geboren Buff, die op oudere leeftijd terugkeert naar Weimar. Door de butler Mager van het hotel waar ze verblijft wordt ze herkend als Lotte uit de Werther van Goethe. Wat volgt is een stoet van personen die haar willen zien en hun adoratie én beklag over Goethe bij haar komen doen. Saaie lectuur, echt voor Goethe-liefhebbers
Apr 26, 2015 Ulla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-for-school
Absolutely boring. I was the only one in my class who read it until the end. The others only read the first chapter and then based their homework on interpretations they borrowed from the local library or older students.
Cevat Sucu
(For the Turkish version, Can Yayinlari) Kitabın konusu dikkat çekici olmasına rağmen, anlatımda çok fazla tıkanıklık olması kitabı okurken neredeyse acı çekmenize neden olabiliyor.
I could not read this book at this moment in time. I loved Magic Mountain so much and I guess I was expecting something similar. Will save this and try again.
Posea Ioana
Apr 05, 2016 Posea Ioana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Janis Williams
Picked And now there is a movie about Goethe and Lotte, but I still don't care...
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