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Er wütete und tobte, trank und frönte dem Exzess – doch vom übermächtigen Vater vermochte sich Michael Mann, genannt Bibi, sein Leben lang nicht zu befreien. Meisterhaft erzählt Michael Degen das Leben des ebenso exzentrischen wie hochbegabten jüngsten Sohnes von Thomas Mann: seine Kindheit im lieblosen Elternhaus, im kalten Zauber des Großschriftstellers, die Jugendjahre im Schweizer Exil, wo er seiner zukünftigen Frau Gret Moser begegnet, seine internationale Karriere als Bratschist. Dann ein plötzlicher Bruch – Michael Mann wird Professor für Germanistik in Berkeley und widmet sich bald dem Werk seines Vaters, um dessen Zuneigung er stets vergeblich gebuhlt hatte. Mit nur siebenundfünfzig Jahren stirbt er an einer fatalen Mischung von Alkohol und Schlafmitteln. Als die greise Mutter Katia von seinem mutmaßlichen Freitod erfährt, meint sie nur: «Er hat ja eigentlich nicht alt werden wollen.» Wo viel Licht ist, da ist auch viel Schatten. Michael Mann konnte nie aus dem Schatten seines Vaters treten. «Familienbande» erzählt sein Leben als Geschichte eines stillen Machtkampfes, eines Daseins, das im Bann allzu großer Talente und Einflüsse zerstört wird. Ein starker, opulenter und anrührender Roman über die Familie Mann – von Bestsellerautor Michael Degen.
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Thomas Mann's Famous and Flawed Family
5 de noviembre de 2012 - Publicado en Amazon.com
Actor Michael Degen takes known facts about the Thomas Mann family and weaves them into a moving and insightful novel, told in the third person but clearly from the perspective of the youngest child Michael Mann. The cover illustration shows "Poschi," the gorgeously gracious, much loved home of the Thomas Mann family on Poschinger Street in Munich before World War II. Thomas Mann would write, creating his brilliant novels and stories, in the mornings, then take an afternoon nap with his devoted wife Katia in lounge chairs on the curved veranda. He -- famously talented, she -- wealthy and cultured. Their closest friends are from the cultural elite, including musical geniuses such as Bruno Walter. They have six gifted children: Erika, Golo, Elisabeth, Klaus, Monika and the youngest Michael. The youngest was born in the disastrous year 1919, when Germany's defeat destroyed the infrastructure of the country and even the wealthy faced food shortages and hardships. And Michael embodied disaster. From early infancy he was given to fits and tantrums that disrupted the picture perfect family life. Thomas Mann who needs peace and calm to write, develops an intense disgust at the very sight of his youngest, and Katia, ever loyal to her genius husband, has mixed feelings about the boy as well. But they care for him. Thomas Mann gives his own abandoned violin to the boy, who clearly loves music, but the boy just has one problem at school after another. Exile during the Nazi period, and leaving Poschi behind for Switzerland, intensifies the built-in anguish in the family, and Michael leaves home early to escape. In the middle of all these family dynamics, there is a brief mention of Thomas Mann's anxiety about retrieving his diaries from Poschi after they have fled. He cannot rest until the diaries are safely with him again. (A detail that plays out tragically at the end...) Michael develops as a highly intelligent, musically talented son, who studies his father's novels and then endures huge psychological pain when he finds his own behavior in one of his father's characters, "the biter." Michael spends many hours practicing the violin, and then slugs his music teacher in a fit of anger. The embarrassment all around is beyond grief. Michael enters a happier phase of life with a Swiss girl, Gret, who becomes a wonderful wife to him and loving mother to their two beautiful sons, Frido and Toni, whom Thomas Mann and Katja fall in love with, dote on endlessly. They establish a good life in Monterey, Michael is a success with the San Francisco Symphony. Thomas Mann consults with Michael on the history of 12 tone music, and incorporates this information in his latest novel Dr. Faustus, this makes Michael happy. He still has fits of anger, intensified by alcohol and drug abuse. At one point he slugs Gret. Then later on a successful concert tour he slugs Yahltah Menuhin, his accompanist and briefly his lover. This will not end well. Frido perfers living with his grandparents. Michael gives up music. He almost lands on his feet again: he goes to Harvard for a PhD in German studies and gets a professorship in German at Berkeley. He is asked to edit his father's diaries, which have all the details of his childhood that he knew but is forced to confront anew on the page in his father's handwriting. All this is factual. In the end Michael inevitably succumbs to depression, to the drugs and alcohol. Too short a life, but what a life it was. In all of this detail, no word about what the average reader must be thinking: all these symptoms seem to indicate some kind of early childhood brain damage, such as lead paint poisoning or trauma of some kind. But not a word of what caused his inability to exercise self control. You just see the pain from the family's perspective. Still, a meaningful life, deserving a full biographical treatment such as this. The novel is a beautiful human document. (NB There is a sly reference on page 135 to a character in Thomas Mann's Buddenbrooks, the oleaginous Herr Gruenlich, which is the character that Degen played for a German TV serial based on the novel. The book probably has other hidden clues that I missed....)