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Britta Böhler shows us one of the twentieth century’s greatest writers as a family man, a father, a writer, and a man with moral doubts. We see a human soul trapped in a historical setting that forces him to make a seemingly impossible choice. A convincing depiction of a dilemma addressed only sparsely in Mann’s own writings, The Decision eloquently explores the all-too-human price of confronting totalitarianism.
220 pages | © 2015
“In efficient prose Böhler pleasingly combines the mundane and the exalted: Mann frets about his injured wrist and his faithful dog Toby, his friendship with Hermann Hesse and his desire to return to his monumental Joseph quartet. The result is a very lifelike portrait.”
Times Literary Supplement
“Thoroughly researched, carefully written and entirely plausible. [The Decision] gives you the strongest possible sense that this is what Mann was thinking, and feeling, at this critical moment in his life, as he ponders cutting his ties once and for all with his beloved homeland.”
“An artfully crafted and constructed book, from its musical movement-arrangement to the sheer amount of information about Mann Böhler packs into this relatively short novel.”
"Böhler has written a wonderful novel, an immersive and psychologically convincing account of Mann’s agony of decision. Smoothly translated by Jeannette K. Ringold, it is well researched and chock-full of sharp insights into one of the great writers of the twentieth century."
"An important book, a beautiful creation. The Decision stands as a remarkable beginning of a literary career.”
New York Journal of Books
"A masterful portrait of Thomas Mann."
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