The Magic Mountain by Thomas Mann

In this novel, the protagonist, a young, ordinary man, visits his cousin at a tuberculosis sanatorium in the Swiss Alps. Intending to stay for only a few weeks, he ends up remaining there for seven years, becoming a patient himself. The book explores his experiences and relationships with other patients and staff, delving into philosophical discussions on life, time, and the nature of disease. It also provides a vivid portrayal of the European society and intellectual life on the eve of World War I.

The 40th greatest book of all time


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Total Points: 3516

Since this book was first published in 1924, there is a penalty of 0%. The age adjusted score is 3516.0.

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