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The Nobel Prize in Literature 1929 was awarded to Thomas Mann "principally for his great novel, Buddenbrooks, which has won steadily increased recognition as one of the classic works of contemporary literature".

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Buddenbrooks

Because of his wonderful German and the characters.
/Christa Holtmeier, Germany
Born on 06 June, 1875 - Thomas Mann won the 1929 Nobel Prize in literature. His father, Johann Thomas Heinrich Mann was the Mayor of Lubec twice. Thomas Mann educated himself at Munich where he worked for an Insurance Company during daytime and attended classes at night. I recommend his novel - Buddenbrooks which he wrote at the young age of twenty Six. Buddenbrooks is the portrayal of a middle class German family through four generations. This novel bears a striking semblance with 'The Forsyte Saga' by John Galsworthy. This novel finds mention in the Nobel Prize citation and bears testimony to the superior thought process and extraordinary journalistic acumen of the youthful writer who continues to shine as the polestar in the sky of contemporary literature.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
After reading some hundreds of book, I thought: I'm the last person reading Buddenbrooks. Nowadays when everyone is moving at a thousand feet per second, a reader demands from author laconism. But after reading the book, I asked myself: "This is a beautiful, wonderful book! And where the hell i was going so quickly". So I want to tell others "Speed down! Or you can't see the beauty, or you can't catch the moment!" I like reading. "All I am is literature" (Kafka). I always feel books keenly. But after reading Buddenbrooks, I sat down and started to cry. I felt like I was the only mourner of the family.
/Tam Sub, Georgia
It's such a sensitive and wonderful book. I've read it in two days and I'm reading it again and again. I'm identifying myself with Hanno Buddenbrook - I also try to do my homowork at 6 o'clock in the morning and I love operas by Richard Wagner (however I hope I won't die of typhus). Some moments in the book are breathtaking, for example when Tony B. and Morten sit on the seaside with a feeling of freedom. Every time I read the ending I wish I could write as well as Thomas Mann (however I know that it's probably impossible). I read also 'The Magic Mountain' and 'Doktor Faustus', and they are both amazing. I think that both 'Doktor Faustus' and 'Buddenbrooks' are my favourite books of Mann and Mann (alongside with Fyodor Dostoevsky) is my favourite writer. I love his short stories, my favourites are 'Tonio Kroeger' and 'Tristan'. Thomas Mann was a GREAT writer and we should always remember his works.
/Agata, Poland
It is simply splendid!
/Alonso de Gortari, Mexico
An epic and a great story concerning family history.
/Kamil, Poland
It is actually one of the best books I have ever read. It is funny but of course in the typical Thomas Mann style also not easy to read, but, when you have read the first 300 pages it begins to be good.
/Ulricke, Netherlands

Death in Venice (Der Tod in Venedig)

Its beautiful descriptions of Venice and how they tune with the inner lives of the characters.
/Daniela, Mexico
They have many important aspects, Thomas Mann has caught and represented the great bourgeois culture in dissolution, in a work that combines the symbolic formal perfection with the representation of pathological aspects of that crisis.
/Patrizip, Thailand
Is the most beautiful drama I've read in my life.
/Nelson, Colombia
I loved the rich, beautiful language, as well as the philosophical quality of Mann's prose. It really made me rethink certain things!
/Mina, Greece
Maybe one of the best representations of those dark sides of one's soul, that are lived but not accepted, and of how they make, and finish, our lives; all that thru a character and a story that could be, at a time, a symbolism game. Freezing and splendid, wonderful.
/Santiago Bullard, Peru

Doctor Faustus (Doktor Faustus)

Its incredible depth and its theme: artistic genius.
/Kevin Van Vooren, Belgium
Thomas Mann- the 5th German writer to win a Nobel Prize in literature in 1929 was not only a superb writer but also an inimitable one. I recommend his 'Doctor Faustus' which presents Thomas Mann's Principle "Reverence for Man". Doctor Faustus is the story of the decay of Man's spiritual self and is a symbolical description of the corruption of German and European humanism in Mann's own life time. No wonder Thomas Mann was at the verge of receiving a 2nd Nobel Prize in Literature.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
The book was very wellwritten and, given the historical setting, it was a nice-to-see easy-to-comprehend novel amongst the other modernist challenging fictions. Not that Mann's novel lacked profundity, but the Great German still trusted language enough to let it tell his story, unlike - say - Joyce or Woolf. All in all, a great book.
/Filip Ionescu, Romania
The best book about modern art ever written.
/Mikhail, Russia

Joseph and His Brothers (Joseph und seine Brüder)

A masterpiece by Mann and arguably one of his most under-appreciative works!
/Ke Jing, Malaysia
Besides Michel de Montaigne, I believe Thomas Mann is the only writer to ever understand the social significance of conversation and thoughtful contemplation. His writing is like prose, flowing like no other writer. Every phrase has something exquisitely beautiful in it. Mann pays an incredible amount of detail to people, people's behaviour, people's unusual whims. Nothing seems to past him, and he can take almost anything and expound and extrapolate enough information from a single sentence to last a lifetime's worth of philosophy. I highly doubt this world will ever see a writer with a pen so inspired.
/Samuel, Australia
Mann combines history, mythology, religion, art, science, plus all the questions that have beguiled, inspired, tormented man/woman/kind since the days of creation ... I am constantly amazed each and every time I go back to this book (I found it a one volume ... in a used book store.
/Jane Luna Rieger, United States
Deep is the well of the past ...
/Eric L. Hinderliter, Lithuania

The Magic Mountain (Der Zauberberg)

Is just the most fantastic book I ever read. A masterpiece. And because he is god. Just that.
/Jaime Zapata, Colombia
I recommend Thomas Mann's philosophical novel "The Magic Mountain" which sustains itself on a variety of individualistic characters rather than a plot. The Italian Liberal and humanistic Settembrini, the medievalist, Noe-Thomist Jesuit Naptha, the Powerful realist Peeperkorn and the capricious and charming Russian Lady Chauchat. The magic mountain is a symbolic and philosophical treatment of modern man's problems at the highest level. It touches upon all ideas and issues of the 20th century - from Relativity to Psychoanalysis and from Eastern Dogmatism to Western liberalism. The Magic Mountain is Gigantic indeed.
/Dilbag Firdausi, India
A great humanist in hard times.
/Portnoy, France
I was trying to understand the social and political scenario of the pre-war Europe before I started reading The Magic Mountain for the first time. It was not really clear the place the freemasonry had in all this events. When I finished the novel the first time I had a more or less vague idea of some of the grand ideas expose by Naphta and Settembrini throughout the book. Their Philosophical gist made it a little difficult though. The second time I read the novel was 10 years after and that was such a different, deeper ride. I understood things that I didnít know 10 years before. One of the best books I've ever read.
/Kyran Lucien, Mexico
Great! While narrating the predicament of a simple individual with soulful pathos, Mann portrays the destiny of the Human Race. I read it in English, and the translation has not harmed the philosophical content of the book; after all who bothers for pennies when pounds are still intact.
/D Firdausi, India
I love Thomas Mann!!!
/Abigail-Vázquez, Mexico
It's a story about life itself in all its comi-tragedy absolute. A story about art, philosophy, religion, and a great story of time with all its power to change our lives, a story about faith when Hans Castorp breaks the chains of mediocracy and get's involved in a struggle that his cousin didn't had a chance. Itís a story about us, and it gives us a message to stand up and to turn the light on.
/Semir Lakota, Bosnia & Herzegovina
A deeply spellbinding book that keeps you reading and once drawn into the story it doesn't let go. The final pages manage to do the magic as the author in just a few lines puts the reader with his or her fet back on the ground.
/Leo, Netherlands
This is the most interesting and sophisticated story I ever read!
/Katalin, Hungary
Amazing piece of art, full of profound philosophical ideas about almost all problems of human existence, told with sweeping enthusiasm and joy of writing. After more than a half-year since I read it, it still makes me think about many problems in the world around.
/ Jiří Soukup, Czech Republic
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