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Thomas Mann and S. Fischer Publishing House

15. June 2005 19:00

As part of the museum’s homage series, the exhibition’s the curator Wolfgang Theis casts a critical but friendly eye on the life and work of Thomas Mann (6/6/1875-12/8/1955). Thomas Mann’s attraction to his own sex was hardly a secret to the educated urning of that era. His novella “Death in Venice”, which appeared in 1912, became required reading in the homosexual curriculum. Thomas Mann never lived out but rather sublimated his homosexuality. This cultural achievement would produce an extensive work rich in homosexual allusion and reference. Standing at the centre of the exhibition are the diaries of Thomas Mann. The diaries reveal his emphatic acknowledgement of his homosexual desires.
Roland Spahr (S. Fischer Verlag editor) guides through the exhibition and talks about Thomas Mann (in German language).