Search Results: "Heinrich Mann"


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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Feb. 1, 1998

"The letters of the brothers Mann constitute a crucial document of 20th-century German culture and politics, and they are by any standard fine reading."
The brothers Mann, both articulate witnesses of this century's European upheaval, give lively testimony to their usually competing perceptions. Read full book review >

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MADELINE MANN by Julia Buckley
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Aug. 1, 2007

"In her bright debut, Maddy is a welcome addition to the cozy scene."
A journalist adds sleuthing to her job description when a childhood friend is murdered. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Anthony Heilbut
NON-FICTION
Released: Feb. 1, 1996

"With its unprecedented picture of Mann's character and accomplishments, Heilbut's biography opens up an important new perspective in Mann studies."
This recursive, elliptical study of Thomas Mann's life and writings successfully captures the total Mann, albeit with some sacrifice of narrative cohesion. Read full book review >

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HEINRICH HIMMLER by Peter Longerich
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Jan. 1, 2012

"Admirably thorough and packed with facts, though often arid and mired in specifics. Readers may wish for a shorter, more pointed treatment, but, psychologizing aside, students of World War II will likely find this the last word on its immediate subject."
Exhaustive—and sometimes exhausting—life of the Nazi functionary who rivaled Adolf Hitler in power and influence. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Donald Prater
NON-FICTION
Released: Dec. 1, 1995

"True illumination, however, awaits someone who will take these two aspects together and add the missing ingredient: imaginative spark."
This elegant but overly cautious study of Mann concentrates on narrating how the Nobel Prizewinning German novelist, caught in the mid-20th century's maelstroms, stepped forward to become a spokesman for enlightened humanism. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: May 17, 2011

"An intimate account of how Europe's literary elite survived the era of fascism in exile."
An impressionistic collective biography of literary Europe in the 1930s and '40s, focusing on the circle that gathered around brothers Heinrich and Thomas Mann. Read full book review >

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THOMAS MANN by Ronald Hayman
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: April 1, 1995

"An important, accomplished work, containing the outlines of a less professional, more passionate look at Mann and his family that, while yet unwritten, might someday provide drama to match the master's. (16 pages b&w photos, not seen)"
Veteran biographer Hayman (Tennessee Williams, 1994, etc.) painstakingly traces the great German novelist's progress from anatomist of fin-de-siäcle decadence to august personification of his nation's conscience. Read full book review >

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THE SEARCH FOR HEINRICH SCHLÖGEL by Martha Baillie
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Sept. 9, 2014

"A poetic journey into mystery that asks hazy questions about time, culture and one's sense of self."
An emotionally distant expat travels into the wilds of Canada, where he disappears into a rift in time. Read full book review >

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The Trials of Christopher Mann by Casey Charles
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: April 26, 2013

"A lucid, gratifying novel with appeal for both LGBT readers and anyone interested in a particularly pivotal slice of San Francisco history."
History and melodrama combine in this brisk novel centered on the murder of gay rights political advocate Harvey Milk. Read full book review >

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A CONVERSATION WITH THE MANN by John Ridley
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: June 6, 2002

"Bleak and believable."
Writer-producer Ridley (Everybody Smokes in Hell, 1999, etc.) takes a somber look at the life of an African-American comedian in a country not quite ready for him. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: March 1, 2001

"Worth reading, but only with your willing suspension of disbelief fully engaged."
A strange foray into the history of the Third Reich that posits skullduggery and conspiracy in the matter of the SS leader's celebrated suicide. Read full book review >

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THE DEATH OF COLONEL MANN by Cynthia Peale
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: March 1, 2000

"Peale, a pseudonym for historical novelist Nancy Zaroulis (Massachusetts, 1991, etc.), gets the period detail right, but little else."
Picture the cobblestone streets, horse-drawn carriages, blanketing fog, and rampant snobbery of Victorian Boston: ``A fierce world, in which the women fought more bitterly than the men.'' The acceptable marriage is rewarded with such dubious honors as the favored place in the right sewing circle. Read full book review >