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3.38  ·  Rating details ·  60 Ratings  ·  7 Reviews
A significant contribution in the formation of 20th-century German literature, this historical fantasy takes Alexander the Great for its subject, looking at his life and career, and examining his obsession with conquest and supremacy regardless of its effects on his friends and lovers. A novel that explores Klaus Mann’s ambiguous sexuality, it was written in 1920s Germany ...more
Paperback, 181 pages
Published 1983 by Rowohlt-Taschenbuch-Verlag (first published 1929)
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Feb 11, 2010 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction, lit-fiction
Well written novel about the life and death of Alexander the Great, written by Klauss Mann, son of Thomas Mann. Not to be taken as historically accurate by any means...a couple of examples: in real life Alexander married a woman called Roxane...he does this in the novel as well but in the book she is the queen of a band of Amazon women (in Asia of all places) who have their breasts surgically removed.Also while in India they come across a six-handed apeman who can strangle six people at once (ve ...more
Aug 22, 2011 rated it it was amazing
Sebbene il mio cuore appartenga a "Il Ragazzo Persiano" (Mary Renault) per l'interpretazione della figura di Alessandro, ho apprezzato molto questa visione di lui non come semi-dio amato dalle folle, ma quasi un anti-eroe che ricerca vanamente qualcosa di indefinito (e che nessuno capisce), solo, isolato dagli altri e autodistruttivo. Consigliata la lettura!
Feb 01, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015, german
A very different portrait of Alexander of Macedonia than, for example, that given in the Mary Renault books. Mary over Klaus in this instance, hands down.

I could have down without the messianic foreshadowing in the end.
Grady Ormsby
Sep 15, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Alexander by Klaus Mann is historical fiction with a large dose of creativity and imagination. If you are looking for sources of scholarly research, you need to go somewhere else. History usually begins with a factual framework that can be documented and proven. Sometimes the strictly objective facts are supplemented with a blend of speculation, rumor and outright lies. Mann did not seem to be shy about using large amounts of the latter. Mann had obviously done the proper research before writing ...more
David Grieve
Interesting story but not well told. Most of it seems to be a synopsis as any action is completely glossed over. The continual references to Alexander's homosexuality and pederasty gets a bit tiresome as well. The notes say that on publication it wasn't met with much critical acclaim and frnakly I'm not surprised.
Aug 09, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: greek-classic
The language and structure is neither riveting nor convincing, but the storyline carries one along Alexanders life. Not a masterpiece but a fast moving story on his life.
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wenn ich k. mann nicht so interessant durch seine zwei autobiografien und polititschen texte finden würde, hätte ich diese buch ab der dritten seite abgebrochen.

ich kenn mich nicht mit griechischer mythologie oder mazedonischer geschichtsschreibung aus. was das an geht, kann ich also nichts zu dem buch sagen.

was ich aber sagen kann ist, dass der deutsche sprachgebrauch um 1929 klar zu erkennen ist.
so viel diskriminierungen durch die sprache und die darstellung von figuren in diesem buch ist scho
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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.
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