CURSED LEGACY: The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann

CURSED LEGACY: The Tragic Life of Klaus Mann

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Son of the famous Thomas Mann, homosexual, drug-addicted, and forced to flee from his fatherland, the gifted writer Klaus Mann's comparatively short life was as artistically productive as it was devastatingly dislocated. Best known as the author of Mephisto, the literary enfant terrible of the Weimar era produced seven novels, a dozen plays, four biographies and three autobiographies. They were among the first works in Germany to tackle gay issues amidst a prodigious artistic output. Even before Hitler came to power, Klaus took up his pen to fight the Nazis in return for which he was blacklisted and denounced as 'A dangerous half-Jew', his book burned in public squares around Germany, and his citizenship revoked. Although Klaus served for nearly three years in the US Army in WW2, during the Cold War he was denounced as a Soviet agent by anti-Communist fanatics in America, and crypto-fascists in West Germany. He died in France aged just 42, but not by his own hand as biographers until now have claimed. This first English language biography charts the effects of reactionary politics on art and literature and the heart-breaking story of an intellectual who stood up for his beliefs in dark times and paid a high personal price. Written with style and humour and with much detail on his circle of friends and acquaintances from the 1920s and 30s European literary world. 338pp, 20 illustrations, 2016 first edition from Yale University Press.
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