Mephisto by Klaus MannMephisto by Klaus Mann


byKlaus MannTranslated byRobin Smyth

Paperback | September 1, 1995

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Hendrik Hofgen is a man obsessed with becoming a famous actor. When the Nazis come to power in Germany, he willingly renounces his Communist past and deserts his wife and mistress in order to keep on performing. His diabolical performance as Mephistopheles in Faust proves to be the stepping-stone he yearned for: attracting the attention of Hermann Göring, it wins Hofgen an appointment as head of the State Theatre. The rewards – the respect of the public, a castle-like villa, a uplace in Berlin's highest circles – are beyond his wildest dreams. But the moral consequences of his betrayals begin to haunt him, turning his dreamworld into a nightmare.

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Klaus Mann, the second child of Thomas Mann, was born in Munich in 1906. He began writing short stories and articles in 1924 and within a year was a theatrical critic for a Berlin newspaper. In 1925 both a volume of his short stories and his first novel, The Pious Dance, were published. His sister Erika, to whom he was very close, w...
Title:MephistoFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 7.7 × 5 × 0.72 inPublished:September 1, 1995Publisher:Penguin Publishing Group

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0140189181

ISBN - 13:9780140189186

Appropriate for ages: 18 - 18


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Hendrik Hofgen longs to be a famous actor. To keep performing, he is willing to renounce his Communist past and abandon his wife and mistress when the Nazis come to power in Germany. Performing as the diabolical Mephistopheles in Faust, he attracts Hermann Goring’s attention and wins an appointment as head of the State Theater. Now he has everything he could want: public respect, a castle-like villa and a preferential place in Berlin’s prestigious circles. Despite these rewards however, there are costs. A material success, but a moral failure, he is plagued by nightmarish regret. Klaus Mann’s Mephisto condemns evil in Hitler’s Germany.