Doctor Faustus by Thomas Mann

The novel is a reimagining of the Faust legend set in the context of the first half of the 20th century and the turmoil of Germany in that period. It tells the story of a composer who makes a pact with the devil, exchanging his soul for unlimited creative genius. The protagonist's life and work reflect the cultural and political journey of Germany leading up to World War II, providing a deep exploration of the individual's role in a society undergoing dramatic change. The novel is also a profound meditation on the nature of time, the art and the artist, and the destructiveness of human ambition.

The 146th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 1737

Since this book was first published in 1947, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 1737.0.

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