Joseph and His Brothers : The Story of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph In Egypt, Joseph the Provider (Hardcover)

Author: Mann, Thomas

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This remarkable new translation of the Nobel Prize--winner's great masterpiece is a major literary event.
Thomas Mann regarded his monumental retelling of the biblical story of Joseph as his magnum opus. He conceived of the four parts-"The Stories of Jacob, "Young Joseph, "Joseph in Egypt, and "Joseph the Provider-as a unified narrative, a "mythological novel" of Joseph's fall into slavery and his rise to be lord over Egypt. Deploying lavish, persuasive detail, Mann conjures for us the world of patriarchs and pharaohs, the ancient civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and the universal force of human love in all its beauty, desperation, absurdity, and pain. The result is a brilliant amalgam of humor, emotion, psychological insight, and epic grandeur.
Now the award-winning translator John E. Woods gives us a definitive new English version of "Joseph and His Brothers that is worthy of Mann's achievement, revealing the novel's exuberant polyphony of ancient and modern voices, a rich music that is by turns elegant, coarse, and sublime.


Publisher Random House Inc
Mfg Part# 9781400040018
SKU 36348364
Format Hardcover
ISBN10 1400040019
Release Date 5/10/2005
Dimensions (in Inches) 8.25H x 5.5L x 2.25T
Author Info
Thomas Mann
Mann was born into an upper-middle-class family with a mixed heritage: his father was a German businessman, his mother's family was Portuguese and Creole. Mann finished his schooling "rather ingloriously," he has said, and when he was in his 20s, and already beginning to write fiction, he traveled to Italy with his brother Heinrich, also a writer. In 1905, he married the daughter of an authority on Richard Wagner: Wagner, along with Schopenhauer, was to become an important influence on Mann's work. Mann and his wife had six children. He left the country when the Nazis came to power, living first in Switzerland and then, after he dissociated himself publicly from the Nazi regime in 1936, he lived and taught in the U.S, where he became a citizen, though he continued to spend much of his time in Switzerland. In 1929 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature, "principally for his great novel, BUDDENBROOKS, which has won steadily increased recognition as one of the classic works of contemporary literature." Mann is a giant among German writers, an ironist and satirist who explored political and family issues with profound intellectual depth combined with warm human insight.
" 'Joseph and His Brothers', the experience of the unusual person, the outsider, is thrust back into the biblical era."
From the Publisher
Editors Note A new translation of the complete text of the tetralogy on the life of the biblical hero of Joseph includes The Stories of Jacob, Young Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, and Joseph the Provider and follows Joseph from his early life and fall into slavery to his rise to power in Egypt.
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Book Format Hardcover
Number of Pages 1536
Publisher Everyman's Library

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