The History of Literature Podcast

200 The Magic Mountain

In this special 200th episode of the History of Literature, Jacke and Mike discuss one of Mike’s all-time favorite novels, Thomas Mann’s The Magic Mountain. What does Mann do well? What makes this novel so great? And what do the experiences of Hans Castorp teach us about straddling the line between reality and the life of the mind?

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Music Credits:

“Nouvelle Noel” by Kevin MacLeod (

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2 thoughts on “200 The Magic Mountain”

  1. I love/loved both John and Paul. I listened to Rumors until the tape broke, but there are times that only Tusk will do.

    I stopped half-way through the podcast to read the book. I realized I need to read it first for context. Happy New Year Jacke, to you and to yours

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