Reading of The Passenger in Santa Fe set for August

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  • 15 Aug 2015 at 12:36 pm #7469

    Birne
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    15 Aug 2015 at 5:51 pm #7470

    cantona
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    Birne:

    Thanks for providing the link to this fine and informative article. I was intrigued by Rick’s remark that parts of The Passenger reminded him of Mann’s The Magic Mountain.


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    19 Aug 2015 at 11:48 am #7499

    Birne
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    cantona: I was intrigued by Rick’s remark that parts of The Passenger reminded him of Mann’s The Magic Mountain.

    Honestly, Rick’s remark frightens me quite a bit. I find those ramblings of Settembrini et al in that Mann novel rather annoying. So let’s hope for the best that the second volume of The Passenger won’t become a “A Popular Science Book in Dramatic Form”…


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    20 Aug 2015 at 10:54 am #7504

    Richard L.
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    Well, the premises of the two novels (THE MAGIC MOUNTAIN and THE PASSENGER) would seem to link, connected by Freud’s conclusion that the sickness in humans cannot be cured but only treated. I walked about the premises myself when recently reading a psychobiography of Freud, and I suspect that I shall feel quite at home in the new McCarthy novel.


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    20 Aug 2015 at 12:49 pm #7506

    Rick Wallach
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    Right, Richard, there’s definitely that connection. Mann’s critical writings on Freud, especially his 1936 piece “Freud and the Future” (which the curious can read, along with many of his other superb belletristic works, in the anthology Essays of Three Decades from Knopf) were incredibly astute, too.

    I would have savored long afterdinner conversations with Settembrini meself. Anyone who finds him annoying, I would strongly recommend not taking any long car rides in heavy traffic with Peter Josyph.

    Notwithstanding that, I wasn’t surprised (as I sometimes am) by the way the notion crept into my head. You can easily see how the ethos of the Santa Fe Institute where McCarthy has been in residence for years now would filter through the background metaphor of the sanitarium which is the setting for The Magic Mountain. It’s not that different from the way Joyce’s Dublin becomes McCarthy’s Knoxville in Suttree. Plus, look at the conversations in the public reading segments of TP – I don’t think I’m projecting excessively when I sense the echo of the medical and other scientific discussions from Mann’s masterpiece, either. Dinna ye forget, laddies and lassies – the ugly fact is that books are made of other books.


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