Thomas Mann Long Fiction Analysis - Essay

Thomas Mann Long Fiction Analysis

(Survey of Novels and Novellas)

In Meine Zeit (1950), Thomas Mann wrote, If Christian means to consider life, one’s own life, as a guilt, a debt, an invoice to pay, as a subject of religious uneasiness requiring immediate remission, redemption, and justification, then those theologians who see me as the type of un-Christian author are not at all correct. For rarely has the work of a lifetime, even when it appeared to be a skeptical, artistic, and humorous game, been born totally and from the outset of an anxious desire for reparation, for purification, and for justification as was my personal—and so modestly exemplary—attempt to practice the art.

More than that of most writers, Mann’s own literary production can come under the heading...

(The entire section is 3901 words.)