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Mann: Mario Und Der Zauberer

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Mario and the Magician is one of Mann's most political stories. Mann openly criticizes fascism, a choice which later became one of the grounds for his exile to Switzerland following Hitler's rise to power. The sorcerer, Cipolla, is analogous to the fascist dictators of the era with their fiery speeches and rhetoric. The story was especially timely, considering the tensions ...more
Paperback, 92 pages
Published December 31st 1990 by Grant & Cutler (first published 1930)
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mark monday
Nobel Prize laureate and fabulous anti-Nazi intellectual Thomas Mann constructs a striking although rather superficial allegory about the power of fascism. I’ve shelved this on my These Fragile Lives shelf but really I should have created a new shelf for it entitled These Fragile Minds, So Easily Hypnotized and Led Astray. The novel describes a family’s unpleasant summer spent in sweltering southern Italy. Over the course of their vacation they encounter repulsive fawning towards royalty from ho ...more
Fernando
Mario y el Mago es una excelente narración corta en la que Thomas Mann (aunque muchos lo nieguen) se mofa y toma a sátira la época del gobierno fascista de Benito Mussolini (el cuento fue escrito en 1929, poco después de que Mann recibiera el Premio Nobel de Literatura.
Es digno de destacar la manera en que el autor alemán, por un lado describe a la burguesía del pueblo de Torre di Venere a partir de un par de anécdotas que el narrador de la historia cuenta cuando llega a ese pueblo junto con su
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Luís C.
This short story has perhaps a bit aged. The reader should really make the effort to go back in time to feel the emotion. The work however stand out of the lot and worth a visit, with an unexpected fall. However, I regret not having felt all the pathos of Death in Venice and I left a little on my hunger. 
Bookfreak
Mar 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Από δύο νουβέλες αποτελείται αυτή η πολύ όμορφη έκδοση από τις εκδόσεις Ερατώ (όπως όλες δλδ) και τολμώ να πω ότι αν και στη πρώτη (ο Μάριο και ο μάγος) ο Μαν ξεδιπλώνει το συγγραφικό του μεγαλείο με το πυκνό και δουλεμένο στη λεπτομέρεια ύφος του, η δεύτερη (ο μικρός κύριος Φρήντεμαν) είναι μια συγκλονιστική αποτύπωση της ψυχολογικής πορείας ενός "διαφορετικού" όταν προσπαθεί να αγγίξει το ανέφικτο. Καφκική αντιστροφή του πρίγκηπα βάτραχου.
BrokenTune
Feb 25, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: reviewed
Soll man »abreisen«, wenn das Leben sich ein bißchen unheimlich, nicht ganz geheuer oder etwas peinlich und kränkend anläßt? Nein doch, man soll bleiben, soll sich das ansehen und sich dem aussetzen, gerade dabei gibt es vielleicht etwas zu lernen.

[tr. Should we "leave" when life is a bit eerie, not quite harsh, or a little embarrassing and ailing? No, you should stay, look at it and expose yourself to it, there may just be something to learn from it.]

It is spooky when a book that was written a
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Elina
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Μαγεμένη άλλη μια φορά!!!
Carmo
Mar 09, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: alemanha, nobel, bib-p
A primeira coisa que salta à vista nos livros de Thomas Mann é a escrita: linguagem sofisticada e construção frásica elegante e irrepreensível.
Depois vamos conhecendo as personagens. Normalmente não são muitas; pertencem à burguesia e desfilam com pompa em ambientes requintados, que podem ser as suas moradias ou hoteis de luxo e estâncias de férias.
Fazem questão de exibir o estatuto social, sem serem desagradáveis mas marcando o seu lugar. E o dos outros.
Em Mário e o Mágico a receita repete-se c
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Célia Machado
Jan 20, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2018
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Nantiny
Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
ชวงแรกอานสนุก การบรรยายของตัวเอกทีเลาเรืองในการไปพักรอนทีอิตาลีกับครอบครัว แตตองเจอกับเหตุขัดของตางๆนาๆ
ตังแตโรงแรมดังทีเขาพักแหงแรกมีความสองมาตรฐานบางละ
ความแตกตางเรืองสังคมของชาวยุโรปเหนือ กับชาวยุโรปใตบางละ
แลวยังขอหามแปลกๆของคนทีนันอีก
จนความสนุกในการพักรอนของเขาเริมจะหมดสนุกลงไปทุกทีๆ

จนมาถึงชวงครึงหลังของเรือง เมือตัวเอกเขาไปชมการแสดงมายากลของชิปอลลาเรืองชักเริมไมสนุกขึนมาจริงๆเสียแลว การแสดงมายากลทีชวนใหกระอักกระอวน คลืนเหียน แตกยากทีจะตอตานอำนาจของชิปอลลา ในเกมมายากล (รึการสะกดจิต) ของเขาก
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Mauro Barea
Jul 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Un viaje a la costa italiana de principios del XX, con todas sus moralidades y mojigaterías (cosas que aderezan y hace interesante el relato, nos mantienen). La ambientación y los escenarios son excelentes, la narrativa es elegante y estructurada a pesar de que nos describen hechos triviales de unas vacaciones y nos sumergen sin problema; la conclusión llegó como algo que se vislumbraba a lo lejos pero es recibida con alivio y de buena gana.

Después de una ligera investigación, me pareció de lo
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Valkan
Jun 12, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
An enchanting political satire combined with Mann's vivid language that keeps you excited until the very last word of this novella......
Twig
Jan 07, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
eher 3,5 Sterne
Pat
Aug 20, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: germania, classici
Thomas Mann scrisse Mario e il mago dopo il suo soggiorno, nel 1926, a Forte dei Marmi, durante il quale assistette a uno spettacolo dell’illusionista Gabrielli. Il racconto fu pubblicato nel 1930.

L’autore traspone l’esperienza reale nella breve opera narrativa, collocando la famiglia in vacanza presso Torre di Venere, immaginaria località balneare italiana. Vi si respira aria pesante. Per il caldo e i pregiudizi.
A unire i turisti benevoli e maldisposti è l’arrivo – annunciato da avvisi affiss
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Xenia Germeni
Τί λεπτεπίλεπτο βιβλίο και πόσο όμορφες περιγραφές! Το πρώτο μέρος κυριαρχεί αυτή η Ιταλία του Τόρε ντί Βένερε και το Κακό που βρίσκεται πλάι μας και αλλάζει πρόσωπα και μας ξεγελάει σαν ταχυδακτυλουργός και σαν Μάγος σε υποχρεώνει να πιστέψεις κάτι που δεν είσαι. Στο δεύτερο μέρος η ιστορία του Μικρού Κύριου Φρήντεμαν -που θα τολμήσω να πω ότι για τα δικά μου γούστα-επισκιάζει το πρώτο μέρος. Σκοτεινή και με γκοθ και δραματικά στοιχεία παρουσιάζει την ζωή και το τέλος του Φρήντεμαν, ενός "διαφο ...more
➸ Gwen de Sade


I'm not quite sure what to think about this one... yet. It was a short, but intense and rather uncomfortable read about free will and peer pressure. Mann has an interesting writing style and this short novel definitely made me want to read more from him.
Viktoria
Mar 04, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2012, classics
Ein Familienvater berichtet von einem Italienurlaub. Dort geht die Familie in eine Zaubershow...
Viel mehr passiert nicht. Der Erzähler ist Beobachter der Zaubershow, die er ausführlich beschreibt. Der Zauberer wendet Hypnose an, so macht er sich das Publikum zum Spielball. Er zeigt, dass er mit Menschen machen kann, was er möchte; er kann ihnen seinen Willen aufdrucken. Entziehen kann sich keiner.
Thomas Mann schafft es, dass die Beschreibungen unheimlich (im wahrsten Sinn des Wortes) spannend s
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Daniela
Wow. Ich finde keine Worte. Richtig richtig gut, hätte ich nie gedacht. Musste es für die Schule lesen (als allerletzte Lektüre in meiner Schullaufbahn), weswegen ich keine großen Hoffnungen hatte, wobei ich gute Dinge über Thomas Mann gehört habe. Aber das hat mich richtig geflasht. Hätte das nie erwartet. Der Schreibstil ist einer der besten dieser Welt! Er hat mich reingezogen wie ein Tornado, ich konnte mich nicht losreißen, musste immer 'nur noch einen Satz' lesen (da die Sätze relativ lang ...more
Anne
Dec 17, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Autorovi nelze upřít to, že je obratným spisovatelem, který si umí dokonale hrát se slovy a skládat opravdu neskutečné věty a souvětí. Co se však příběhu týče, nijak mě neuchvátil. Nebýt čtenářské výzvy, vím jistě, že bych po této knize nesáhla.

Nevím proč, ale u většiny nějak více oceněných autorů jsem pro sebe našla jen velmi málo zástupců, u jejichž děl bych mohla bez váhání říci, že si ocenění zaslouží. Nějak nechápu... třeba je to věkem třeba nemám ono správné "literární cítění pro věci velk
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Alex
Jun 19, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
My first read when it comes to Thomas Mann, and surely a good one. Quite short and thus rather intense, this small work displays Mann's skill of writing and anticipation. Mann has a very tight grasp on his German mother tongue, and isn't afraid to utilize it in order to achieve an incredibly dense and thick atmosphere. While the prose is occasionally challenging, it isn't an incredibly difficult piece of fiction to digest, albeit quite beautiful more than often. Definitely recommendable.
Massimiliano Laviola
Sep 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: europea, racconti
Questo libro non sembra scritto un secolo fa, ma l'estate appena trascorsa. Il modo in cui nella prima parte Mann descrive il pessimo comportamento degli italiani sulle spiagge è perfetto. I critici si sono soffermati a descrivere la valenza politica di questo racconto - il mago rappresenta Mussolini e Mario il popolo -, invece a me é piaciuto il modo quasi scientifico col quale vengono descritti i tratti tipici degli italiani. Racconto da leggere.
Sebastian
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Jackson Cyril
Fun fact: Cippola means onion in Italian-- it explains something of the fellow's personality.
Vera
Dec 03, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Nem volt igazán megfelelő idő, amikor olvasni tudtam volna, a sok részlet miatt így nem jött át, de a vége felé már haladtam. annyit elért, hogy mást is szeretnék Manntól olvasni.
Mara
Sep 20, 2013 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: to-reread
Another one that never got a fair shake due to the context of 10th grade humanities...
Guillermo Gonca
Oct 04, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
La literatura surgida entre los años 1919 y 1939 (el periodo conocido como “entre guerras”) trata principalmente sobre dos temas; la burbuja económica y su posterior caída (Fitzgerald, Steinbeck, Fante) o el fascismo y las persecuciones previas a la segunda guerra (Zweig, Papini, Mann). En los países europeos en donde se instauraron regímenes de naturaleza autoritaria, era muy difícil escribir sobre las nefastas políticas que la mayoría de los intelectuales advertían; la censura controlaba los m ...more
Kico
May 20, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Novela corta escrita en 1930 y ambientada en un balneario turístico de la Italia fascista por este autor tan conocedor del país.
Los sucesos que se narran a través de una joven familia son un fiel reflejo de lo que ocurría en la Europa totalitaria de ese tiempo: la expulsión del hotel, el escándalo de la playa y la actuación del mago representan la xenofobia, intransigencia y autoritarismo que en pocos años arrasarían medio mundo.
La mayor parte de la novela se centra en el espectáculo del mago
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Claudio Salvetti
Nov 05, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Es todavía más extenso en mi Blog

Es bastante impactante la forma en la que Thomas Mann escribe en 1929 sobre el fascismo, cómo dice Francisco Ayala en la introducción “-invento italiano que durante muchos años había sido un fenómeno y casi una ridícula curiosidad local- antes de que explotara impetuoso y amenazador en Alemania.”
Mario y el Mago es un llamado a la reflexión frente a la demagogia, la propaganda y la revolución en el uso de la gente como excusa para acumular poder, dinero e impunida
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Alex Tsiatsos
Jul 13, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mann’s stories are much richer than I remember. The forward to “Mario” suggested the story’s antagonistic relationship to fascism. It was an Italian fascism exemplified by the magician, summoned by the audience responding to him. He was killed by a young man, Mario, whom he put into a trance. He made Mario think that he (the magician) was the woman – a girlfriend or acquaintance whom he loved. Is this the death of fascism by the natural impulse – perhaps virtue – that it could never hope to supp ...more
Victor Bevz
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Italian nationalism is swelling in the year 1926. Despite the inhospitality and disdain of the locals, a German family presses on with their holiday in the south. However, their misfortune reaches a hideous climax at the magic performance of Cipolla the cavalier, whose cruel and hypnotic rhetoric subjugates the audience into a complicit combination of admiration and fear. The affair ends in irreconcilable horror, when one of his victims is pushed too far.
Sofie
"Die Freiheit existiert, und auch der Wille existiert, aber die Willensfreiheit existiert nicht, den ein Wille, der sich auf Seine Freiheit richtet, stößt ins Leere ..."
Am Anfang fand ich es schwer wirklich in die Geschichte zu tauchen, nach einige Seiten führte es mich wie von selbst mit.
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