Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Sertigtal im Herbst

100 Years of The Magic Mountain: a Conversation and Concert with Samantha Rose Hill, Paul Holdengräber & David Kaplan

Villa Aurora / Thomas Mann House
1550 N San Remo Drive
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

Join the Japanese American Cultural and Community Center, the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research, the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music, and the Thomas Mann House Los Angeles as we celebrate 100 years of Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain!

Published in Germany in 1924, The Magic Mountain tells the story of Hans Castorp, an ordinary young man who goes to visit his cousin Joachim in a Swiss tuberculosis sanatorium for three weeks and ends up staying for seven years. Set on the precipice of World War One, the novel captures the spirit of prewar Europe and the ailments of the modern world: isolation, mass epidemics, the plight of progress, and industrial alienation. Mann’s ever-timely novel offers meditations on love, loss, time, what it means to become a person in the world, and what it means to face death.

To mark the 100th anniversary of Mann’s modernist masterpiece, we cordially invite you to the living room of the writer’s home in exile for a conversation on pilgrimage between author and scholar Samantha Rose Hill and curator and interviewer Paul Holdengräber. What does it mean to leave the world of everyday life and undertake a journey? How does travel inform one’s perception of text, artwork, love, loss? In what ways does one’s experience of time change when one finds oneself perpetually caught in between the longing for home and flight of adventure? Can Mann’s work help us to think about our world today, a world defined by a sense of displacement, longing, loneliness, and war? Is it the x-ray we need to help us see more clearly right now?

Before and after the conversation, acclaimed pianist David Kaplan and students from the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music will perform, on Thomas Mann’s historical piano, Claude Debussy’s Prélude à l’après-midi d’un faune, a favorite piece of music of Hans Castorp in the novel, as well as Lindenbaum from Franz Schubert’s song cycle Winterreise.

This event is part of a seminar on The Magic Mountain offered by the Brooklyn Institute for Social Research & the Japanese American Cultural & Community Center. Led by Samantha Rose Hill, this course reads the entirety of The Magic Mountain alongside short selections from medical journals, critical reviews, Mann’s correspondence, and lectures, while asking: What does it mean to be healthy? How does modernity change our conception of time? How might we think about enchantment in the modern world?

For registration information, please visit the Thomas Mann House event page.

Event Schedule

Tuesday, 7:00pm PT
March 26, 2024

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