by Klaus Mann
Part of the Penguin Modern Classics series
A searing indictment of evil in Hitler's Germany. 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 Goring, it wins Hofgen an appointment as head of the State Theatre.
The rewards - the respect of the public, a castle - like villa, a place 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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 272 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 07/12/1995
- Category: Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945)
- ISBN: 9780140189186
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Review by ewalrath
This book is a difficult read because it shows the ease some had slipping into the corruption and inhumanity of the Nazis. Also of interest to fans of Thomas Mann as it is about his son-in-law.
Review by ted_newell
Seller of soul to fascists gets come-uppance. Piercing psychological probe of motives for cowardice.