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by Willard R. Trask,Thomas Mann

  • ISBN: 0394417089
  • Category: History and Criticism
  • Subcategory: Literature
  • Author: Willard R. Trask,Thomas Mann
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Alfred A. Knopf; 1st edition (June 27, 1954)
  • Pages: 141
  • ePub book: 1853 kb
  • Fb2 book: 1500 kb
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  • Rating: 4.5
  • Votes: 383


The translation by Willard Trask makes it yet clearer how unfortunate the English world was to have Mann introduced to it through Helen Lower-Porter

The translation by Willard Trask makes it yet clearer how unfortunate the English world was to have Mann introduced to it through Helen Lower-Porter. I can't speak for faithfulness to the original, but surely Mann's German does not make for cringing and headaches as often as Lowe-Porter's English does; I imagine that the immense, startling beauty of Mann-via-Woods is more the thing.

In "The Black Swan Thomas Mann returns to the compact dimensions and to the subject matter of "Death in Venice .

In "The Black Swan Thomas Mann returns to the compact dimensions and to the subject matter of "Death in Venice (transposed into heterosexual terms)-the infatuation of an aging person for a young on. .A provocative addition to Mann's writings. J. Rolo, "Atlantic Monthly. Thomas Mann's bold and disturbing novella, first published in England in 1954, is the feminine counterpart of his masterpiece Death in Venice. Written from the point of view of a woman in what we might now call a mid-life crisis.

by Thomas Mann · Willard R. Trask. Thomas Mann's bold and disturbing novella, written in 1952, is the feminine counterpart of his masterpiece Death in Venice. In this landmark book the renowned scholar of religion Mircea Eliade lays the groundwork for a Western understanding of Yoga, exploring how its guiding principle, that of freedom, involves remaining in the world without letting oneself be exhausted by suc. The Case of Comrade Tulayev. by Victor Serge · Willard R. Trask · Susan Sontag.

The Black Swan (in German, Die Betrogene: Erzählung) is a German novella written by Thomas Mann, first published in 1954. A period work, it takes place in Düsseldorf, Germany, in the late 1930s. Rosalie, a 50-year-old widow, finds her youthful manner diminished by the "organic phenomena of her time of life," or menopause. She lives with her adult unmarried daughter and an adolescent son, both of whom juxtapose youth to her "superannuated" purpose in life.

Thomas Mann was born into a well-to-do upper class family in Lubeck, Germany. His mother was a talented musician and his father a successful merchant. From this background, Mann derived one of his dominant themes, the clash of views between the artist and the merchant. Mann's novel, Buddenbrooks (1901), traces the declining fortunes of a merchant family much like his own as it gradually loses interest in business but gains an increasing artistic awareness. Mann was only 26 years old when this novel made him one of Germany's leading writers

German) Hardcover – 1954. by Thomas (1875-1955) Mann (Author).

German) Hardcover – 1954.

Thonas Mann THE BLACK SWAN Translated fom the German by WILLARD R. TRASK Alfred A. Knopf New York 1954. Published simultaneously in Canada by McClelland & Stewart Limited. Manufactured in the United States of America.

View on timesmachine. THERE is no more painful task for a critic than to be confronted with a disappointing work by a writer of first magnitude whose performance he has respected and admired for years.

Black Swan by Thomas Mann (1954-06-01) by Thomas Mann and a great . Ex-library book in good condition with typical stamps and markings. The Black Swan Mann, Thomas and Trask, Willard R.

Ex-library book in good condition with typical stamps and markings. Pages are clean and the binding is tight. NOTE Stock photo may not represent the actual book for sale. Seller Inventory mon0000548891. ISBN 10: 0520070097 ISBN 13: 9780520070097.

A handsome young American profoundly affects the lives of a widow and her daughter when he enters their household


Gavinranadar Gavinranadar
Okay, so I'd seen Lackey bouncing around the shelves in various places I've been (how could she not be, with her army of little book minions spilling over the walls of whatever bibliography list you see of her?), but never really taken the time to look into her.

I've been on somewhat of a fairy tale binge recently, looking for more modern re-tellings that might be a little more fun in the reading. I randomly decided on Swan Lake, and a quick search brought up this one. I have to admit that I wasn't disappointed.

While the main characters from Swan Lake (Siegfried and Odette) do make a presence here as viewpoint characters, the protagonist here is Odile, the sorcerer's daughter. Really, I think this is what made the book for me. Giving it a fresh viewpoint and opinion helped flesh things out a little more beyond the simple star-crossed lovers plot that is the meat of the legend.

I DO have a few complaints with it, however. The first is that it is very pro-female. Not in the usual way where all the male characters are stupid and the women are always right; here the men are shown to be intelligent, but all start out with a similar opinion of women: that women are lower than them, not as capable as them, and are only their for man's pleasure and use (physical or otherwise.)Sure that's ultimately resolved by character or story progression for most, but you still do have to work your way through quite a bit of this opinion before any of the characters (male or female) start seeing the error of their assessment.

My other gripe is that the book has a tendency to tell rather than show. This means that, all things considered, not much happens. The major portion of the text is all inside of character's heads as they reflect on past events, their opinions of others, what they're currently thinking about their present situation, you get the idea... Which is also why you can see the previous gripe being a problem. A character's opinion is not going to be a simple line of dialogue or inner-thought that gets quickly passed as the plot progresses; here you'll get a couple of paragraphs expounding on that. It's great for character and setting back-story, but it doesn't do much to make things happen, or get you out and away from a particular scene that you might be finding boring.

While I greatly enjoyed it, I have to admit that it felt like quite a bit of work to get where we were going for such a short novel.

So, should you read this book? Do you like re-imagined fairy tales, The Swan Princess or other retellings of Swan Lake? Do you want a one-off to spend a weekend with? Then yes. If you've already seen any version of Swan Lake and felt like that was enough, don't bother; you already know what happens. While I'll probably end up reading more from this author, I'm not sure if I'd recommend this one as a good example of what she's capable of.
Khiceog Khiceog
I found a Mecedes Lackey book that I really like...

I've had experience reading Mercedes Lackey books before: "The Fairy Godmother" for instance was one that I reviewed favorably on Amazon with 4 stars, in spite of the fact that I was looking for romance and found an adventure instead.

This book "The Black Swan" was something that I got because of my familiarity with the Swan Lake story (and was currently in a Swan Lake mood). Everything that happens in the most common versions of Swan Lake happen here. Odette is a white swan, Siegfried is a prince, Rothbart is the evil magician who turned Odette into a swan and tries to stop Siegfried from saving her, and Odile is Rothbart's daughter who helps him in his scheme.

There are always twists to the way Swan Lake is told. The sheer number of ways it could end from one ballet production to the next are numerous. And like most adaptations this book also has it's own things to add. In this one, Odile, the black swan, is now the focus.

At least Odile is the focus according to the tile. In truth though, you have to deal with 3 viewpoints that sometimes have little to do with the titular character. The time you spend with the 2 other viewpoints is horribly long and not that interesting really. Mostly they just add flavor. The good news is that Odile's story is enough of a carrot on a stick to keep you going in spite of those chapters.

She goes thorough so much and she feels like a real person. A real person who is a bit sick in the head, but aren't we all. By the end of the book I really wanted more Odile stories.

Another thing to note is the world building that Mercedes Lackey does in this book. It's fascinating. It really makes you feel like you're living in that time, old customs, beliefs and all. Beautifully written in that respect.

One last note before I conclude: THIS IS NOT A ROMANCE. There is romance in this book but this isn't really about that. So don't read it as that. I wasn't looking for a romance this time, from this Mercedes Lackey book, which is why I enjoyed it so much. IT IS AN ADVENTURE, and should be read as such.

4 stars. A great adventure that makes me, once again, want to give her books another shot.