News |#MutuallyMann – A Virtual Reading Initiative

#MutuallyMann was an interactive reading experience and a space for transatlantic conversation in times of social distancing and quarantine.

We, the Thomas Mann House and the S. Fischer Verlag publishing house, invited readers all over the world to read Thomas Mann’s novella Mario and the Magician over the course of one week and share thoughts, questions, ideas or favorite quotes with each other.

For the initiative, we gathered a group of exciting #MutuallyMann reporters, renowned authors and intellectuals to share their thoughts on the book, too! Participants included:


Tobias Boes, Professor of German and literary scholar at University of Notre Dame; Adrian Daub, Professor of Literature at Stanford; Veronika Fuechtner, Professor of German at Dartmouth; Elisabeth Galvan, Professor of German Literature at Università di Napoli L’Orientale; Morten Høi Jensen, author and critic working on a book about The Magic Mountain; William Kinderman, acclaimed pianist and Professor at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music; Friedhelm Marx, Thomas Mann Fellow and Professor of German Literature; Andreas Platthaus, Thomas Mann Fellow and head of literature and literary life at Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung; Hedwig Richter, Professor of Modern and Contemporary History; Donna Rifkind, author of The Sun and Her Stars: Salka Viertel and Hitler’s Exiles in the Golden Age of Hollywood; Alex Ross, music critic for The New Yorker, Kai Sina, Professor of German Literature; Katharina Sykora, Thomas Mann Fellow and art historian and Hans Wißkirchen, President of the German Thomas Mann Society.

From April 27 to May 1, users posted their opinions, photos and comments on social media with the hashtag #MutuallyMann. We channeled and collected many of them and those of our reporters on this blog. Check out our social wall to read all the contributions by our experts and see what was happening on #MutuallyMann.

Find all information on the #MutuallyMann website.

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