The Buddenbrook House

by Agnes Felber December. 02, 2015 1301 views

Paul Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955) was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic, philanthropist, essayist, and the 1929 Nobel Prize in Literature laureate. His highly symbolic and ironic epic novels and novellas are noted for their insight into the psychology of the artist and the intellectual. His analysis and critique of the European and German soul used modernized German and Biblical stories, as well as the ideas of Goethe, Nietzsche and Schopenhauer.

Mann was a member of the Hanseatic Mann family and portrayed his family and class in his first novel, Buddenbrooks.
The elegant white building on Mengstrasse overlooking St Mary's Church was the residence and office building of the Mann family from 1842 to 1891.
It is the scene of the novel Buddenbrooks (1901) by Thomas Mann. The building was destroyed during the war in 1942 and it was reconstructed as an office building in 1957. The facade and cellar remain from a late Baroque building in 1758. Fragments of a late medieval house before 1289 are also preserved in the northern and western parts of the cellar.

Buddenbrook House.


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