The story happens in Davos, high in the Swiss Alps with Hans Castorp visiting his cousin, Joachim Ziemssen. During his stay, Castorp meets a variety of characters, who represent a microcosm of pre-war Europe. These include Lodovico Settembrini (an Italian secular humanist and encyclopedist, a student of Giosuè Carducci); Leo Naphta, Jew-turned-Jesuit who favors totalitarianism; Mynheer Peeperkorn, a dionysian Dutchman; and his romantic interest, Madame Clawdia Chauchat.
The Magic Mountain is a novel by Thomas Mann. It is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of twentieth-century German literature.
WHAT TO EXPECT:
- A mind-bending experience.
- Mann blends a scrupulous realism with deeper symbolic undertones.
- Learn more about the pre-war Europe.