Correspondence, 1925-1935 by Theodor W. Adorno

By Theodor W. Adorno

In December 1945 Thomas Mann wrote a recognized letter to Adorno within which he formulated the main of montage followed in his novel physician Faustus. the author expressly invited the thinker to 'consider, with me, how this sort of paintings - and that i suggest Leverkuhn's paintings - may well roughly be virtually realized'. Their shut collaboration on questions in regards to the personality of the fictitious composer's putatively past due works (Adorno produced particular sketches that are integrated as an appendix to the current quantity) successfully laid the foundation for an additional alternate of letters.

the consequent correspondence among the 2 males records a unprecedented stumble upon of artistic rigidity among literary culture and aesthetic modernism which might be sustained correct up till the novelist's demise in 1955. within the letters, Thomas Mann overtly said his 'fascinated studying' of Adorno's Minima Moralia and commented intimately at the 'Essay on Wagner', which he used to be as wanting to learn as 'the one within the e-book of Revelation consumes a ebook which tastes "as candy as honey"'. Adorno in flip provided distinct observations upon and regularly enthusiastic commendations of Mann's later writings, resembling The Holy Sinner, The Betrayed One and The Confessions of Felix Krull. Their correspondence additionally touches upon problems with nice own value, significantly the delicate dialogue of the issues of strolling back from exile to postwar Germany.

The letters are widely annotated and provide the reader special notes in regards to the writings, occasions and personalities referred or alluded to within the correspondence

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I should think I am now sufficiently prepared for it. I shall inform you regarding Klein’s accommodation as soon as I know myself how the matter stands. My original plan was thwarted by the fact that my friend,2 who is in hospital, will be at home for a few weeks at the very time of the premiere. It would therefore hardly be feasible for her parents to receive a guest at the same time. But I am hoping to find another solution. ) Those 10–12 kg will no doubt restore themselves to you soon enough.

The situation is such that I myself cannot stay with friends, but must rather depend on a hotel or guesthouse. What would you recommend? I naturally wish to be near you. I cannot tell you how I look forward to seeing you again – and to Wozzeck! Especially because I hope, once the matter of my Habilitation1 has been sorted out to a degree, to come to Vienna for longer once more – so our encounter this time will not have that hopeless exceptionality which one must normally fear so much with such occasional meetings.

Ah well, Zemlinsky is right,14 (if love goes astray) 22 then it consumes itself in work that dissolves the subject for the sake of the object of love, so that nothing remains but the memory – whereas it would be better to sing the song than to live too closely by it. In Berlin I hope to be with you without household worries once more – if my eager friends allow it! Until then fond regards to both of you from your faithful Teddie W. My mother and my aunt send their warm greetings. Please: tell me at greater length about your new quartet!

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