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Country
  
Germany

Publication date
  
1954

Originally published
  
1954

Genre
  
Novel

OCLC
  
25200982

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Language
  
German

Published in English
  
1955

Author
  
Thomas Mann

Published in english
  
1955

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Original title
  
Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. Der Memoiren erster Teil

Media type
  
Print (Hardback & Paperback)

Similar
  
Thomas Mann books, Novels

Confessions of Felix Krull is an unfinished 1954 novel by the German author Thomas Mann. It is a parody of Goethe's autobiography Poetry and Truth, particularly in its pompous tone. The original title is Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull. Der Memoiren, erster Teil, translated a year later in English as Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man: The Early Years.

Mann planned the novel since 1905, being inspired by the Romanian con artist Georges Manolescu's autobiographies F├╝rst der Diebe (A Prince of Thieves) and Gescheitert (Failed). Originally the character of Felix Krull appeared in a short story written in 1911. The story was not published until 1936, in the book Stories of Three Decades, along with twenty-three other stories written between 1896 and 1929, the year in which he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature. Much later, Mann expanded the story and managed to finish and publish part one of the Confessions of Felix Krull but due to his death in 1955, the saga of Felix, the morally flexible and irresistible conman remains unfinished.

A spoken word adaptation of chapters 1, 2, 3 and 5 from the first book (dem Buch der Kindheit) of Felix Krull performed by O. E. Hasse, was included as a companion disk to the 1965 Teldec (Telefunken-Decca) release of Schwere Stunde (performed by Thomas Mann).

Movie

The book was adapted into a film in 1957, with a screenplay by Erika Mann and Robert Thoeren, directed by Kurt Hoffmann, and starring Horst Buchholz as Krull.

References

Confessions of Felix Krull Wikipedia


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