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Reviews

  • As with everything Colm Tóibín sets his masterful hand to, The Magician is a great imaginative achievement -- immensely readable, erudite, worldly and knowing, and fully realized

    Richard Ford
  • The Magician is a remarkable achievement. Mann himself, one feels certain, would approve

    John Banville
  • This graceful novel is a moving and intimate portrait by one master of another . . . It is a stunning tribute to the great man, and a vital story for now

    Anna Funder
  • No living novelist dramatizes artistic creation as profoundly, as luminously, as Colm Tóibín, or conveys so well the entanglement of imagination and desire . . . Reading him is among the deepest pleasures our literature can offer

    Garth Greenwell, author of Cleanness and What Belongs to You
  • This is not just a whole life in a novel, it's a whole world - with all its wonders, tragedies and sacrifices. I loved every page of this beautiful and immersive journey into The Magician's mind

    Katharina Volckmer, author of The Appointment
  • Toibin's symphonic and moving novel humanizes [Mann] . . . Maximalist in scope but intimate in feeling

    New York Times
  • Mr. Tóibín wields a dramatically stripped-down prose style . . . epiphanies, when they come, are all the more powerful after so much restraint . . . What Mr. Tóibín's exquisitely sensitive novel gets right, in a way that biography rarely does, is its acknowledgement of unknowability

    Wall Street Journal
  • A haunting and heartrendingly intimate portrait of its protagonist, the German writer Thomas Mann, and a richly drawn sense of place . . . [a] vast and stunningly realized world

    Vogue, a Most Anticipated Book of Fall
  • A complex but empathetic portrayal of a writer in a lifelong battle against his innermost desires, his family and the tumultuous times they endure

    Time, Best Books of Fall 2021
  • The personal and public history is compelling . . . an intriguing view of a writer who well deserves another turn on the literary stage

    Kirkus Reviews, starred review

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