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The magician / Colm Tóibín.


When the Great War breaks out in 1914 Thomas Mann, like so many of his fellow countrymen, is fired up with patriotism. He imagines the Germany of great literature and music, that had drawn him away from the stifling, conservative town of his childhood, might be a source of pride once again. But his flawed vision will form the beginning of a dark and complex relationship with his homeland, and see the start of great conflict within his own brilliant and troubled family. Colm Tóibín's epic novel is the story of a man of intense contradictions. Although Thomas Mann becomes famous and admired, his inner life is hesitant, fearful and secretive. His blindness to impending disaster in the Great War will force him to rethink his relationship to Germany as Hitler comes to power. He has six children with his clever and fascinating wife, Katia, while his own secret desires appear threaded through his writing. He and Katia deal with exile bravely, doing everything possible to keep the family safe, yet they also suffer the terrible ravages of suicide among Thomas's siblings and their own children.

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  • ISBN: 9780771096174
  • Physical Description: 437 pages ; 24 cm
  • Publisher: [Toronto, Ontario] : McClelland & Stewart, 2021.
Subject: Mann, Thomas, 1875-1955 > Fiction.
Mann, Katia, 1883-1980 > Fiction.
Novelists, German > 20th century > Fiction.
Gay men > Fiction.
Bohemianism > Fiction.
Exiles > Fiction.
Secrecy > Fiction.
World War, 1914-1918 > Germany > Fiction.
World War, 1939-1945 > Germany > Fiction.
Germany > Fiction.
Los Angeles (Calif.) > Fiction.
Germany > History > 20th century > Fiction.
United States > History > 1945- > Fiction.
Genre: Biographical fiction.
Historical fiction.

Available copies

  • 17 of 18 copies available at BC Interlibrary Connect. (Show)
  • 1 of 1 copy available at Prince Rupert Library.


  • 0 current holds with 18 total copies.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Holdable? Status Due Date
Prince Rupert Library Tóib (Text) 33294002118834 Adult Fiction - Second Floor Volume hold Available -

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