Nobel Laureate Paul Thomas Mann in Zürich, Switzerland died on this day in 1955 (aged 80).
“It is love, not reason, that is stronger than death.”
THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN by Thomas Mann
In this dizzyingly rich novel of ideas, Mann uses a sanatorium in the Swiss Alps--a community devoted exclusively to sickness--as a microcosm for Europe, which in the years before 1914 was already exhibiting the first symptoms of its own terminal irrationality. The Magic Mountain is a monumental work of erudition and irony, sexual tension and intellectual ferment, a book that pulses with life in the midst of death.