The Magician

The Magician

Fiction & Poetry, Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Paperback Published on: 03/03/2022
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The Magician
Not really my 'Cup of Tea.
This book reads as an autobiography written by Toibin many years later instead of Thomas Mann who's 'The Magic Mountain' I read many years ago. It appears... READ MORE
Neil Challis @Windsor
The Magician
Great insight into Thomas Mann life.
Reading The Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain and enjoying Death in Venice film many years ago, now was a perfect timing to pick up Colm Toibin The Magician... READ MORE
Zuzanna Skrobacka


Waterstones Irish Book of the Month for March 2022

Winner of the Rathbones Folio Prize 2022

From one of our greatest living writers comes a sweeping novel of unrequited love and exile, war and family.

The Magician tells the story of Thomas Mann, whose life was filled with great acclaim and contradiction. He would find himself on the wrong side of history in the First World War, cheerleading the German army, but have a clear vision of the future in the second, anticipating the horrors of Nazism.

He would have six children and keep his homosexuality hidden; he was a man forever connected to his family and yet bore witness to the ravages of suicide. He would write some of the greatest works of European literature, and win the Nobel Prize, but would never return to the country that inspired his creativity.

Through one life, Colm Toibin tells the breathtaking story of the twentieth century.

  • Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
  • ISBN: 9780241970584
  • Number of pages: 448
  • Weight: 311g
  • Dimensions: 197 x 128 x 27 mm

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The Magician
Loved this book
I knew little about Thomas Mann and found the story fascinating. Set in an historical period of much change it was an enthralling read. I have recommende... READ MORE
Carol Smith
The Magician
An eventful life
This biography reads like a novel, especially the chapters covering the early years of Thomas Mann. Born in 1875, he survived the ravages of two world war... READ MORE
Christine Herbert
The Magician
A history of Germany as well as Thomas Mann
I never made it more than a quarter of the way through “The Magic Mountain” by Thomas Mann, but I loved this fictionalised version of Mann’s life, beautifu... READ MORE
Mellany Ambrose