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By Theodor W. Adorno

In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a recognized letter to Adorno during which he formulated the primary of montage followed in his novel general practitioner Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to think about, with me, how any such paintings and that i suggest Leverkhns paintings may possibly roughly be essentially discovered. Their shut collaboration on questions in regards to the personality of the fictitious composers putatively overdue works (Adorno Read more...

summary: In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a well-known letter to Adorno during which he formulated the primary of montage followed in his novel health practitioner Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to contemplate, with me, how this sort of paintings and that i suggest Leverkhns paintings may roughly be virtually learned. Their shut collaboration on questions in regards to the personality of the fictitious composers putatively past due works (Adorno produced particular sketches that are incorporated as an appendix to the current quantity) successfully laid the root for an additional alternate of letters. the consequent correspondence among the 2 males records a unprecedented come upon of artistic pressure among literary culture and aesthetic modernism which might be sustained correct up until eventually the novelists loss of life in 1955. within the letters, Thomas Mann brazenly stated his involved studying of Adornos Minima Moralia and commented intimately at the Essay on Wagner, which he used to be as desirous to learn because the one within the publication of Revelation consumes a e-book which tastes as candy as honey. Adorno in flip provided special observations upon and regularly enthusiastic commendations of Manns later writings, corresponding to The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence additionally touches upon problems with nice own importance, significantly the delicate dialogue of the issues of coming back from exile to postwar Germany. The letters are generally annotated and supply the reader precise notes about the writings, occasions and personalities referred or alluded to within the correspondence

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282). On 28 December 1945 Mann notes in his diary: ‘Learned that Adorno has read the ms. , p. 290). 2 See Friedrich Nietzsche’s letters from June and July 1875 (to his mother, his sister, Erwin Rohde, Carl von Gerstorf, Franz Overbeck and Marie Baumgartner). Mann used these as source material for chapter 33 of Doctor Faustus. 3 Nadezhda von Meck was a patron of Tchaikovsky. She played a significant role in the composer’s life, although they never met in person. 4 See Doctor Faustus, chapters 41–2.

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I do not believe that his conception of these afternoon discussions, of which I naturally possess the clearest and most precise recollection, would have differed in any way whatsoever from my own. Even more than Thomas Mann, who was fascinated by the ‘striking affinity’ between the aesthetic ground-plan of his novel and Adorno’s avant-garde aesthetic, Adorno himself must have regarded this effective collaboration as an epitome of his own utopian conception of knowledge – namely the construction of a concrete form of understanding that successfully reconciles the conceptual and the intuitive moments of experience through an activity of productive imagination.

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