• "Magnificent... a beautiful, feverish account of obsessive love"

    Jonathan Coe, Guardian
  • "Featuring lengthy debates between humanist freemasons and Jews-turned-Catholics, a long love-scene written entirely in French and a brilliant hallucinatory journey down the snowy slopes, it merits multiple readings. A novel for a lifetime not just a rainy afternoon"

  • "A monumental writer"

    Sunday Telegraph
  • "The greatest German novelist of the 20th century"

  • "Mann is Germany's outstanding modern classic, a decadent representative of the tradition of Goethe and Schiller. With his famous irony, he was up there with Schopenhauer, Nietzsche and Freud, holding together the modern world with a love of art and imagination to compensate for the emptiness left by social and religious collapse."