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Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull chapter 1 Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, meaning Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, genre Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, book cover Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, flies Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull, Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull 56ec59b7a8356 Thomas Mann S Final Novel Recounts The Strange And Entranced Career Of The Gifted Swindler, Felix Krull, Through His Childhood And Early Manhood Krull Is A Man Unhampered By Moral Precepts That Govern The Conduct Of Ordinary Mortals, And This Natural Lack Of Scruple, Coupled With His Formidable Mental And Physical Endowments, Enables Him To Develop The Arts Of Subterfuge And Deception With Astonishing Success And To Rise Swiftly From Poverty To Affluence Following Krull Along The Shady Paths His Nature Has Destined Him To Take, The Reader Moves Through A World Peopled By Bizarre Characters From The Lowest To The Highest Reaches Of European Society Chameleon Like, Krull Readily Adapts Himself To The Situation Of The Moment, And So Adept In The Practices Of Chicanery Does He Become That His Victims Almost Seem To Count Themselves Privileged And So It Is Too With The Women Who Encounter The Irresistible Krull, For Where Krull Is, The Normal Laws Of Human Behavior Are In SuspenseOriginally The Character Of Felix Krull Appeared In A Short Story Mann Wrote In The Story Wasn T Published Until , In The Book Stories Of Three Decades Along With Other Stories Written From To , The Year In Which He Was Awarded The Nobel Prize For Literature Much Later, He Expanded The Original Story Into A Novel, Managing To Finish And Publish Part , The Early Years, Of The Confessions Of Felix Krull To Great Public Success Due To Mann S Death In The Saga Of The Morally Flexible And Irresistible Con Man Remains Unfinished


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  1. says:

    I had a sudden thought about this book which I had read some time ago which was how curious it was that a writer s last work was focused on a confidence trickster and his trickery when what is writing but a confidence trick created with the collusion of the reader As a result this is a book about fantasy and invention, in which we might be best advised to trust nothing and to believe less.I wondered how far the subject of the book was a confession on the part of the author the Patriarch with bad relations with many of his children, the husband with a taste for same sex relationships,the non political man who ended up in exile for political reasons all the same, we can see the author as one who played at different identities as much as his fictional hero.such anyway were my idle thoughts on my way to a hospital out patient appointment as I wondered if my shirt and underwear would pass muster as Felix s did before the conscription board.


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  3. says:

    In writing Felix Krull, I wonder if Thomas Mann was trying to prove that after all his heavy duty works he could still turn out a romantic comedy, although not the ordinary kind He s still Thomas Mann Magic Mountain is overshadowed by the inevitable coming of World War I, Doktor Faustus directly confronts the evils of World War II Felix Krull takes place in 1895, a time when no one well, no one but people like Bertha von Suttner , had any inkling of the imminent tragedies of the 20th century Mann exercises his usual tricks but with a twist and a light touch He loves assuming the voice of an eccentric narrator This time it s a first person account by a no account fake marquis, but a highly amusing fake who blithely tells his story for the refined and sensitive reader Krull assures us he only writes for a cultivated audience, people cut from finer wood as he is himself Like Mann s other novels, this one employs lots of teases, to hook the reader On page nine Krull every so briefly mentions that he has served time in jail, as well as lived in grand hotels And he likes grand hotels better But then he moves on and doesn t explain how he landed in jail, though one could easily imagine Krull starts with his childhood and his close relationship to his godfather, the painter with the improbable name Schimmelpreester, who likes to paint his godson in the nude as well as in outrageous costumes, such as a matador outfit a costume that plays a key roll at the end of the novel The refined reader can ignore the implications of this or he can fill in the part of the story that occurs off stage Like Tolstoy, whom Mann worshipped, the most important scenes are left behind a curtain Felix works his way up, starting as an elevator boy in a grand hotel, then a busboy, and hits his stride as a waiter who serves a wealthy and frivolous clientele The main drift of the story is that Felix s schemes work because people want to be fooled So Felix steals a wealthy woman s jewels only to learn that she, something of a sadist who loves humiliation, would gladly give him in erotic play His charm and physical attractiveness becomes clear as people of both sexes offer him propositions Mann has a lot of fun with aristocratic pretensions as Krull easily assumes the identity of an aristocrat, gets an audience with the king of Portugal and is awarded a medal, so he can dress properly decorated for formal occasions One of the jewels of the book is Krull s letter home to the woman who is supposed to be his mother after he switched identities with a real aristocrat who wanted to continue slumming in Paris with a show girl Mother is delighted to receive such a polished and gracious, and very long, letter The fact that her real son could not possibly have written it just doesn t matter to her And she particularly likes his defense of the natural order of society, because without beggars how could the upper classes show their sense of charity Aristocrats, the wealthy, mothers and even academics get skewered Mann himself came across, especially to Americans, as a professorial type, even though he actually failed repeatedly in school, and never went to college So I think there is a certain authorial empathy going on here Felix is a fake, but he is genuinely interested in hearing the technical details of evolution from a distinguished paleontologist, with the wonderful name of Professor KuckuckThey thoroughly enjoy each other s pretentions Well it goes on like this Supposedly an unfinished fragment, the novel ends on a high note, and really doesn t need any further elaboration Enough said.


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    Here s the copy of a letter I have sent to Felix Krull connected with the excuse that it is written in German I wanted to make sure that Mr Krull understands what I was trying to say Although he claims in his memoir that he also speaks English, one can never be sure with a so called confidence man.Unfortunately, I have not received any reply to date.Mein hochgesch tzter, verehrter Felix Krull,ich schreibe Ihnen diese Zeilen unter dem Eindruck Ihrer Memoiren, die ich vor kurzem die Freude und das Vergn gen hatte zu lesen und die Sie in, wie ich finde, schelmischer Weise als Bekenntnisse betitelt haben Die Tatsache, dass Sie au erdem mit dem Wort Hochstapler in Verbindung gebracht werden, will sich mir allerdings nicht unmittelbar erschlie en, sehe ich doch in Ihren Ausf hrungen eine franke und unverhohlene Darstellung Ihres bisherigen Lebens, das nur in einigen wenigen und meiner Einsch tzung nach marginalen Ereignissen etwas von Hochstapelei erahnen lie en Ich vermute daher, dass nicht Sie es waren, die den Titel ihrer Biographie w hlten, sondern vielmehr ein gewisser Thomas Mann, denn dieser Name taucht auf dem Titelblatt des Buches an der Stelle auf, an der ich eigentlich den Ihren erwartet h tte Ich kann leider nur mutma en, in welcher Beziehung Sie mit dem besagten Gentleman in Verbindung standen, denn Herr Mann ist in der Zwischenzeit leider verstorben ber das sogenannte Internet , welches Sie wom glich als eine Art Ausfunkt Buerau bezeichnen w rden, ist es mir gelungen, einige n here Informationen ber Herrn Mann zusammenzutragen Es scheint, dass er ein ber hmter deutscher Schriftsteller gewesen ist, dessen Werke bis heute in literarischen Kreisen einiges an Beachtung finden und ihm daf r sogar der mit so hohem Prestige verbundene Nobelpreis f r Literatur zuerkannt wurde All dies f hrt mich zu der Annahme, dass Herr Mann vielleicht auch nicht ganz ohne Einfluss auf die von Ihnen verfassten Memoiren gewesen ist, sehe ich doch an der ein oder anderen Stelle Formulierungen und Gedanken, wie sie durchaus auch von Herrn Mann h tten stammen k nnen, soweit ich das, aufgrund meiner bescheidenen Kenntnisse seines uvres beurteilen kann Bitte verzeihen Sie mir, wenn ich sogar soweit gehe und hier meine, zugegebenerma en recht vage, Vermutung u ere, dass am Ende Thomas Mann selbst es war, der den endg ltigen Text verfasst hat, und sich dabei lediglich auf ein von Ihnen vorgegebenes Expos gest tzt hat Die Gr nde aufzuz hlen, welche mich zu diesem Schluss gef hrt haben, w rde zum einen den hier vorgesehenen Rahmen sprengen, und zum anderen zu viel Ihrer wertgesch tzten Zeit in Anspruch nehmen Ich bin dessen ungeachtet aber gerne bereit, diese meine Gr nde in einem separaten Schreiben an Sie offen zu legen, sofern dies von Ihnen gew nscht wird Wie ich bereits zu Beginn ausf hrte hat mich die Schilderung ihrer Erlebnisse auf das Au erordentlichste entz ckt, angefangen mit Ihrer Kindheit im Rheingau, die sie ja offenkundig sehr genossen haben Ich w nschte, mein eigenes Elternhaus h tte einen ebensolchen Rahmen abgegeben, wie das Ihre, denn es muss f r ein Kind au erordentlich inspirierend und belebend gewesen sein, und f r sein weiteres Leben wegweisend, zu erleben, wie sich die Eltern und G ste beiderlei Geschlechts bei ppigem Essen, Trinken, Tanz und anderen k rperlichen Ert chtigungen miteinander verlustiert haben Und auch die Unternehmungen Ihres verehrten Paten Professor Schimmelpreester, Sie in die unterschiedlichsten Kost me zu stecken, worunter ja auch ich bitte diese scherzhaften Ausdruck zu entschuldigen das Adamskost m gez hlt werden muss, um sie dann auf Leinwand zu verewigen, haben sicherlich viel dazu beigetragen, Ihren nachfolgenden Lebensweg in groben Z gen vorzuzeichnen.Ich bin mir nach den obigen Ausf hrungen nicht mehr ganz sicher, ob Sie selbst es waren, oder eben Thomas Mann, der Ihr u eres Erscheinungsbild als so beraus anregend beschrieben hat Die besagte Recherche zu Herrn Mann hat mir gezeigt, dass dieser durchaus nicht abgeneigt war, das Sch ne in einem jungen Menschen m nnlichen Geschlechtes zu erkennen und zu sch tzen Ob er dabei auch an Sie dachte, vermag ich aus naheliegenden Gr nden nicht zu sagen Eines erscheint mir jedoch gewiss und ich denke, ich gehe nicht fehl, wenn ich annehme, dass Ihre Erscheinung als Beau sich nicht unbedingt nachteilig auf Ihre sp teren Beziehungen zu Mitgliedern des sch nen Geschlechts aller Altersstufen ausgewirkt hat Habe ich recht Ihre Ausf hrungen hierzu bleiben an den entscheidenden Stellen verst ndlicherweise etwas vage und lassen Details aus, die den heutigen Leser vielleicht interessieren k nnten, wenn man einmal von Zusammenkommen mit Madame Houpfl absieht Sie erinnern sich sicherlich an diese Dame, Autorin und Gattin eines Klosettsch sselfabrikanten aus dem Hotel St.James und Albany in Paris Dieser Abschnitt, wie berhaupt der ganze Aufenthalt von Ihnen in diesem Hotel, z hlt sicherlich den H hepunkten Ihrer Bekenntnisse.Damit will ich aber in keine Weise die gleichfalls erhellenden Schilderungen schm lern, die Sie Ihren Lesern von Ihrer Zeit im sch nen Lissabon geben Nach den Kost mierungen durch Ihren Paten, und den unterschiedlichsten Verkleidungen, die sich im Laufe der Zeit selbst angelegt haben, haben Sie hier nun offenbar die M glichkeit gefunden, die ultimative Larve anzulegen, n mlich die eines anderen Menschen und ich muss gestehen, dass diese Ihnen zur vollen Ehre gereicht Wer h tte gedacht, dass ein junger Mann aus bourgeoisen Verh ltnissen, dem an der Schule und der damit verbundenen Bildung nie viel gelegen war, es einmal zu einem Marquis, einem Edelmann, und noch dazu dekoriert mit einem Ordern durch den portugiesischen K nig bringen w rde, und der dar ber hinaus auch noch auf die Zuneigung zweier Edelfrauen, Tochter und Mutter, z hlen kann Zu dieser Ihrer letzten Eroberung kann ich nur gratulieren und ziehe in Demut, und, ich bekenne es freim tig, auch ein wenig Neid, meinen Hut vor Ihnen Was f r eine Karriere Schade nur, dass Ihre Ausf hrungen an dieser Stelle so unvermittelt enden Ich hoffe inst ndigst, dass Sie sich entschlie en, Ihre Memoiren irgendwann einmal zu Ende zu schreiben Es w re doch sehr bedauerlich, wenn die Welt nichts mehr von Ihrem weiteren Schicksal h ren w rde F r die Ausformulierung Ihrer Gedanken steht Thomas Mann ja nun ungl cklicherweise nicht mehr zur Verf gung, aber vielleicht finden sich ja andere Schriftsteller, die sich dieser reizvollen Aufgabe gewachsen f hlen.In der Hoffnung recht bald von Ihnen zu h ren verbleibe ichmit vorz glicher Hochachtung und den besten W nschenc c This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution NonCommercial ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.


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    There are few authors whose works bring me as much pleasure as Thomas Mann This continues to be the case with this all too short and all too incomplete book Mann was working on this when he died in 1955 I m sure this information is out there Mann is significant enough of a literary figure, that like Joyce and Eliot and other titans of 20th century literature he is documented almost to the point of exhaustion though I ve yet to run across it I can t help but wondering what Mann intended for this book The Early Years designation would seem to suggest that this was the first entry of some sort of larger series even with this book clocking in at 384 pages it s not clear how long the work was intended to be I mean, 384 pages is not necessarily a short book, but it feels like Mann is just starting to hit his stride in the last 100 or so pages of the book his prose begins to become much philosophical and poetic as Krull begins to travel and from a narrative perspective it feels like he s barely begun to document Krull s life as a confidence man Krull is barely two months into his travels and just around a year into having left home The potential for expansion and continuation is fairly staggering The book itself ends abruptly though it manages to end on both a humorous beat, as well as a nice cliff hanger for the avid reader and all I wanted there at the end was for it to continue, to go on and as a reader I am sad that it will never be complete.It was only after I read this that I realized it was a continuation of a short story Mann had written once I recognized that I remembered that of all the stories in the Death in Venice collection that Vintage put out the story this is based on was the true standout of the collection In fact, it would be a number of years after I read that collection that I would return to Mann, as I found myself a bit underwhelmed by most of the stories It goes absolutely without saying but I ll say it anyways that I am overjoyed that I returned to Mann eventually, as his oeuvre is simply stunning I cannot imagine my literary life without him.I was worried starting this book that I would not like it as much without Woods as the translator, but Mann s writing is as wonderful as ever here Mann himself was too talented of a writer to overly suffer a lesser translation so while this was not as good as the Woods stuff, it is an accomplished enough work that it shines through But the real jewel of the book is the character of Krull himself his narrative voice is a joy to read he is funny, witty, and observant in a way that manages to disclose an overwhelming amount of details as Mann loves to do while always flowing at a brisk clip This book retains the compulsive readability and feeling of being over much too quickly that Mann s other later works Joseph and His Brothers, Doctor Faustus also had and though it never rises to the heights of those later books, it should still be considered an essential read for lovers of Mann Sleep soundly Dream of Being and of Life Dream of the whirling galaxies which, since they are there, bear with joy the labour of their existence Dream of the shapely arm with its ancient armature of bones, and of the flowers of the field that are able, aided by the sun, to break up lifeless matter and incorporate it into their living bodies And don t forget to dream of stone, of a mossy stone in a mountain brook that has lain for thousands upon thousands of years cooled, bathed, and scoured by foam and flood Look upon its existence with sympathy, Being at its most alert gazing upon Being in its profoundest sleep, and salute it in the name of Creation All s well when Being and Well Being are in some measure reconciled A very good night


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    Know that these are three loving stars, given out of respect for what the novel accomplishes even though it s incomplete and, most of the time, aimless and wandering.Confessions of Felix Krull is Thomas Mann s attempt at the picaresque, and Krull is something of a mix between Don Quixote and Ignatius J Reilly from A Confederacy of Dunces Parts of the novel are laugh out loud funny not a gut reaction I ve ever had to a Mann novel I m thinking in particular of a scene that could have been cut from Dunces where Krull a character very much like M Gustave H from Wes Anderson s film, The Grand Budapest Hotel that is, a character whose sexuality has nothing to do with a desire for men or women, both of whom are equally at his disposal, but with his erotic appetite for romantic civility is seduced by an older woman a novelist who calls him a slave in bed and wants him to call her a whore imagine Don Quixote s reaction to something like this The scene is hilarious because he truly thinks she s chosen him for his social graces and charm he s a hotel elevator operator at this point.Mann conceived of the book in 1905, published it as a short story in 1911, and attempted a novel the year before he died Imagine how different the Mann of 1954 must have been from the kid who first put Krull to paper That sort of disparity between decades of intellectual and emotional transformation deranges the plot of this novel, unfortunately You never really get a grip on the trajectory, which can delight a reader if one senses movement toward crisis or conclusion But the many faces of Felix Krull are not, as the title would suggest, the masks of a confidence man but rather the personas of different actors in different stories whose paths simply refuse to intersect Ultimately, I m not sure if it s worth the read unless you re a Mannophile like myself Hence the three loving stars.


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    A friend s review of this is great first half, dull second half My review is the exact opposite, which suggests that this is just about taste The first half, for me, was a little too cutesy with the symbolism, as Krull discovers how much he enjoys acting, impersonating, and being praised for his beauty Well done, but also for me hampered by the impossibility of doing anything new with the first part of life stories You ll be surprised to learn that Felix has a family, there is a crisis, he matures and strikes out to start life on his own There is fun to be had with the threefold perspective of young Felix, narrating Felix, and implied author Mann, but to be honest, if you haven t had your fill of unreliable narrators at this point of history, I don t know what to say The second half, on the other hand, is a perfectly done 18th century picaresque, but in the early 20th century and here the threefold perspective comes into its own, since the combination of modernist narrator and picaresque tale is something I, at least, haven t seen much of before I don t count the pomo narrators in this category There s not much else to say It s very funny, parts of it remind me of many other novels I have loved a dash of Proust a hint of Bassani Mann s other works, of course I, unlike my aforementioned friend, am very sad that he never finished it This could easily have surpassed Buddenbrooks and the Mountain, simply because big serious novels are so rarely hilariously funny Also, I read somewhere that Mann modeled the narrative voice after Goethe s memoirs, which he found unbearably pompous I enjoyed reading it much once I could assume that the pseudo aristocratic style really was meant to be mocked.


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    Upon reading Felix Krull I have determined that I do not know as much about nothing as I thought I did Clearly Thomas Mann has much of a grasp on it than me After reading the last lines of this novel I was left with the distinct feeling of just having lost something valuable, but not knowing quite what I think that my lost feeling might be attributed to the fact that the writing of Thomas Mann is confounding, and at least in the case of Felix Krull is dumbfounding I think that the book is a comment on the arbitrary nature of our identity s superficial reliance upon language, or accurately perhaps that our identity IS language While not immediately convincing I must admit that the novel has stuck in me a new feeling of inadequacy, or perhaps just reaffirmed my previously held suspicion that I am nothing than what I say I am.


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    Dudaba con qu novela empezar a leer a Thomas Mann Decid dejar para mas adelante pesos pesados como La monta a M gica o Los Buddenbrook , descart La muerte en Venecia porque no me gust la pel cula salvo la grandiosa escena final Al final fue esta novela elegida porque me atrajo la sinopsis y el t tulo Y bien, estoy contento La lectura no presenta dificultad pero no es novela para los que busquen una trama que enganche o que vaya al grano La acci n es lenta, demorada, se recrea en detalles y perlas filos ficas Pueden pasar varias p ginas con la narraci n del entusiasmo que F lix siente ante la habilidad de una trapecista de circo, o con una extensa conversaci n cient fica sobre evoluci n y paleontolog a, o con un maravilloso discurso de Krull en defensa del amor f sico Estas disgresiones son lo mejor del libro con diferencia.F lix Krull es un buen personaje aunque no tanto como esperaba, mejora mucho cuando se relaciona con otros personajes Es un joven atractivo, algo vanidoso y narcisista, que gracias a su inteligencia y a algo de suerte ir mejorando su vida No me parece que sea un estafador como proclama el t tulo espa ol, no es alguien que te enga a para quedarse con tu dinero, es mas un impostor, alguien que te enga a porque no es quien aparenta ser.Lo que dec a la listilla de la sinopsis es que la novela est inacabada, no tiene final, simplemente deja de haber p ginas que leer Esto me ha fastidiado bastante, ha sido un coitus interruptus en toda regla.


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    I recently reread Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man The Early Years , Thomas Mann s last novel and a comic masterpiece Felix Krull s confessions are filled with humorous episodes worthy of the Mann s story telling mastery Mann based the novel on an expanded version of a story he had written in 1911 and he managed to finish, and publish part one of the Confessions of Felix Krull, but due to his death in 1955 the saga of the morally flexible and irresistible conman, Felix, remained unfinished In spite of that it is still one of the best novels I have read dealing with the question of identity It is that and much .Early in the story Felix learns to deal with circumstances by changing his character as needed and he continues to shift identities becoming whomever he needs to be in all the ensuing predicaments that he encounters The expression of a latent admiration for a human being who can metamorphose himself into multiple identities reminds me of The Confidence Man by Herman Melville That earlier novel is in a way a precursor to the modernity of Mann s unfinished opus Felix Krull seems to view the world like a chessboard on which he can take pleasure in manipulating the pieces at will and cultivate his ambition and his knowledge of the ways of the world by spending whole days peering into shop windows.There are three moments in the Confessions that exemplify the merging of identity and destiny of young Felix Krull Early in the story Felix encounters an actor, Muller Rose, whose extravagant operetta performance makes an indelible impression on him The contrast between his stage character and his backstage repulsive self is a vision that impresses the young boy The second moment occurs in Paris when Felix attends the circus The performance of the acrobats and the high wire equilibrist Andromache were mesmerizing to Felix Andromache Her vision, painful and uplifting at once, lingered in my mind long after her act was over and others had replaced it p 194 The third moment occurs after Felix has settled into his identity as Venosta and is established in Lisbon There is a bullfight which combines the flamboyance of the toreador costumes with the ravishing sensation of the duel to the death with the bull Felix describes his impressions the atmosphere that lay over all, at once oppressive and solemnly joyous, a unique mingling of jest, blood, and dedication, primitive holiday making combined with the profound ceremonial of death p 375 Each of these moments capture the sensation of Eros and Thanatos, pleasure and death, and form a counterpart to the often light hearted way that Felix led his life as a confidence man.He fools Venosta s parents with a lengthy letter that mimics the style of the man whose identity he has assumed and goes on to impress his contacts in Lisbon Yet, he maintains a calm demeanor throughout his escapades filled with confidence in his ability The reader eventually succumbs to his charm in spite of an episodic life in different identities that was full of nervous suspense It seems that Mann still had story telling magic left at the end of his life after World War II and decades after his great beginnings with Buddenbrooks and Death in Venice The only regret is that Mann was unable to finish the novel yet, the early years of Felix Krull still amounts to a small masterpiece.


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