Books: Buddenbrooks (Sequel)

When the R.A.F. blitzed Lubeck last April, they destroyed a literary landmark, the ancestral home of emigre Novelist Thomas Mann. The Mann mansion was an 18th-Century rococo building popularly known as the Buddenbrookshaus after Mann's two-volume first novel, Buddenbrooks-a genealogical account of the rise & fall of a middle-class German family engaged in the Lubeck grain & feed trade.

Novelist Mann, now comfortably housed in the California bungalow he built last year in suburban Los Angeles, took the destruction of Buddenbrookshaus philosophically. Said he in a special broadcast to Germany: "I remember Coventry and realize that everything must be paid back. ,...

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