What makes an Irish writer want to write a novel about a German writer?

The Irish writer is called Colm Tóibín.

With his novel "The Master" about the late years of Henry James he was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 2004, and he has also repeatedly examined the biographies of other famous authors in essays.

Now he has planned a whole life for his new novel “The Magician”, namely that of Thomas Mann.

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We talk to Kai Sina about Tóibín's book.

The profound expert Thomas Manns has published the book "Susan Sontag and Thomas Mann" with Wallstein and teaches as a professor of modern German literature at the University of Münster with a focus on transatlantic literary history.

Then you will hear the poem "Hatem" by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe.

“The Magician” by Colm Tóibín

was translated by Giovanni Bandini and will be published on September 27th.

published by Hanser Verlag, has 560 pages and costs 28 euros.

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