“The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann (1875−1955) is one of the premier works of fiction of the twentieth century. Although the novel is set in a specific time-period (1907–1914), it is far more than merely a novel about the seven years preceding the First World War. The setting — a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps—allows the author to bring together in one place people who represent not only various European countries, but also different views of life. In essence, the novel is a portrayal of the state of European civilization in the early twentieth century and a discussion of the fundamental philosophical choices available to people in the modern age. The ultimate questions of life and death assume a central role in the novel.” – Rodney Symington

“A masterwork, unlike any other… a delight, comic and profound, a new form of language, a new way of seeing.” — A. S. Byatt

Hans Castorp is a “perfectly ordinary, if engaging young man” when he goes to visit his cousin in an exclusive sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. What should have been a three week trip turns into a seven year stay. Hans falls in love and becomes intoxicated with the ideas he hears at the clinic — ideas which will strain and crack apart a world on the verge the First World War.

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