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When they think of the stories of the great German, Nobel prize-winning -author Thomas Mann, most American readers recall Stories of Three Decades, translated in 1936; however, that edition purposely excluded several early tales of Mann’s which the translator found "tentative and awkward efforts." However, within the current literary context, these stories prove quite interesting. ...more
Paperback, 140 pages
Published October 1st 2003 by Green Integer (first published 1997)
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"When, in the throes of intense happiness or sorrow, man despairs of confiding in another human being, he will often turn to nature to vent the overabundance of his emotions, which, in its mighty serenity, at times really seems to understand what's happening." (74)
This collection of six early stories by Mann includes A Vision / "Prose Sketch" (1893), Fallen (1894), The Will to Happiness (1896), Death (1897), Avenged / "Study for a Novella" (1899), and Anecdote (1908). The stories are experimental in nature and foreshadow many of the themes to which Mann w
Sep 17, 2010 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
cool how raw & ratty the stories start out as, then u feel kinda depressed cos the guys is prolly like way younger than you when he wrote it

lots of moralist artists trying 2 tear the veil of maya

Three short autumn days, and Death will enter my room - - how will he behave? Will he treat me like a worm? Will he seize me by the throat and strangle me? Or will he plunge his hand into my brain? But I think of him as grand and beautiful, and of a wild majesty!

Jay Cardam
Aug 07, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Interesting early short stories of Mann. Especially liked "The Will to Happiness"
Dec 24, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Short Stories by Thomas Mann
The Will to Happiness is often enough for bliss

Among the short stories in the collection that I am reading, some have impressed me more and others less.
The bar is set high, for I keep thinking about The Magic Mountain, a magic story indeed- and whatever is compared with that experience comes short.
However, in short what stays with me from these short tales is this:

The Will to Happiness
Is about a young man who is sick and therefore
These brief forays into Thomas Mann are nice little reads. I had a good laugh out loud moment:

"...she was thirty years old, a large person with a flat chest, flat hips, light-greenish eyes incapable of looking confused, an extraordinarily fleshy nose, and a drab hairstyle of an indifferent blond. Her plain, dark brown dress was as bare of coquetry and decoration as her hands. I had never seen such unequivocal and resolute ugliness in a woman. <...>for the physical charm of this
I read this book in one sitting last night in a fit of insomnia. Beautiful, sad stories.
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Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and Nobel Prize laureate in 1929, known for his series of highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas, noted for their insight into the