Klaus Mann


Born
in München, Germany
November 18, 1906

Died
May 21, 1949

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Son of Thomas Mann, author of The Magic Mountain. In 1930s Klaus had to leave Germany because of Nazi regime. He wrote Mephisto and scandal around this book made him famous after his death.
Klaus Mann died in Cannes overdosing sleeping pills.

Average rating: 3.82 · 25,500 ratings · 973 reviews · 103 distinct worksSimilar authors
Mephisto

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4.02 avg rating — 4,015 ratings — published 1936 — 94 editions
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Der Wendepunkt

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4.35 avg rating — 266 ratings — published 1942 — 35 editions
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Der Vulkan

3.99 avg rating — 179 ratings — published 1939 — 19 editions
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Symphonie Pathetique. Ein T...

3.82 avg rating — 139 ratings — published 1935 — 16 editions
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Der fromme Tanz

3.56 avg rating — 172 ratings — published 1925 — 14 editions
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Treffpunkt im Unendlichen.

3.94 avg rating — 90 ratings — published 1932 — 15 editions
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Flucht in den Norden

3.64 avg rating — 91 ratings — published 1934 — 14 editions
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Alexander

3.42 avg rating — 86 ratings — published 1929 — 11 editions
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Speed Die Erzählungen aus d...

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3.93 avg rating — 45 ratings — published 1939 — 5 editions
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Kind Dieser Zeit

3.89 avg rating — 44 ratings — published 1932 — 8 editions
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More books by Klaus Mann…
“Memories are made of peculiar stuff, elusive and yet compelling, powerful and fleet. You cannot trust your reminiscences, and yet there is no reality except the one we remember......”
Klaus Mann, The Turning Point

“„Der Propagandaminister -- Herr über das geistige Leben eines Millionenvolkes -- humpelte behende durch die glänzende Menge, die sich vor ihm verneigte. Eine eisige Luft schien zu wehen, wo er vorbeiging. Es war, als sei eine böse, gefährliche, einsame und grausame Gottheit herniedergestiegen in den ordinären Trubel genusssüchtiger, feiger und erbärmlicher Sterblicher. Einige Sekunden lang war die ganze Gesellschaft wie gelähmt vor Entsetzen. Die Tanzenden erstarrten mitten in ihrer anmutigen Pose, und ihr scheuer Blick hing, zugleich demütig und hassvoll, an dem gefürchteten Zwerg. Der versuchte durch ein charmantes Lächeln, welches seinen mageren, scharfen Mund bis zu den Ohren hinaufzerrte, die schauerliche Wirkung, die von ihm ausging, ein wenig zu mildern; er gab sich Mühe, zu bezaubern, zu versöhnen und seine tief liegenden, schlauen Augen freundlich blicken zu lassen. Seinen Klumpfuß graziös hinter sich her ziehend, eilte er gewandt durch den Festsaal und zeigte dieser Gesellschaft von zweitausend Sklaven, Mitläufern, Betrügern, Betrogenen und Narren sein falsches, bedeutendes Raubvogelprofil.”
Klaus Mann, Mephisto

“The worst will happen. Think of me, children, when that day comes. I have foreseen it and predicted it. Our age is corrupt. It stinks. Think of me - I smelled it out. I am not deceived. I sense the coming catastrophe. It will be like nothing that has ever happened. Everything will be swallowed up, which will be no loss-except in my case. Everything that exists will fall apart. It is rotten. I have sensed it, tasted it and cast it away from me. When it comes, it will bury us all. I pity you children, for you will not be able to live your lives. Whereas I have had a beautiful life”
Klaus Mann, Mephisto

Polls

May 2016 New School Group Read

1972, Watership Down by Richard Adams, 478 pages
 
  30 votes, 13.8%

 
  28 votes, 12.9%

1903, The Call of the Wild by Jack London, 172 pages
 
  26 votes, 12.0%

 
  22 votes, 10.1%

 
  21 votes, 9.7%

 
  18 votes, 8.3%

1913, Pygmalion by George Bernard Shaw, 134 pages
 
  14 votes, 6.5%

1957, On the Beach by Nevil Shute, 296 pages
 
  13 votes, 6.0%

1993, Trainspotting by Irvine Welsh, 448 pages
 
  12 votes, 5.5%

 
  10 votes, 4.6%

1922, Babbitt by Sinclair Lewis, 356 pages
 
  7 votes, 3.2%

1936, Mephisto by Klaus Mann, 272 pages
 
  6 votes, 2.8%

1924, We by Yevgeny Zamyatin, 225 pages
 
  4 votes, 1.8%

1989, The Power of One by Bryce Courtenay, 544 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.4%

1933, Lost Horizon by James Hilton, 241 pages
 
  3 votes, 1.4%

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