The magic mountain german der zauberberg is a novel by thomas mann first published in german in november 1924 it is widely considered to be one of the most influential works of twentieth century german literature mann started writing what was to become the magic mountain in 1912. The magic mountain der zauberberg thomas mann h t lowe porter on amazoncom free shipping on qualifying offers set in the dreamlike world of a swiss health sanatorium here is a story of a young mans enlightenment through his encounters with sickness and death an elegy to the romanticism of the european bourgeoisie in the days prior world war i. The depiction of sanatorium life was triggered by manns own experience when his wife was confined for several months he began writing the magic mountain in 1912 in a humorous vein his work was interrupted by the first world war and took 12 years to complete. Hans christoph eichhorn travels to a sanatorium in the swiss alps to visit his ailing cousin but as he prepares to return home hes stricken with tuberculosis himself for the next seven years . Der zauberberg the magic mountain bears the imprints of the intellectual and political fermentation in germany in the first decades of the 20th century the sanatorium serves as a metaphor for european society on the eve of the war and its cast of moribund diseased characters illustrate that this society was condemned
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