Colm Tóibín: The Magician



October 2nd, 1:30 pm Pacific                   Register now via Crowdcast

Bookshop West Portal is thrilled to host the inimitable Colm Tóibín to celebrate his new book, The Magician. He'll be joining us live from Ireland at 1:30 pm Pacific time on October 2nd, and will be in conversation with Ethel Rohan, author of In the Event of Contact

This magnificent new novel, a fictionalized vision of the life of Thomas Mann, opens in a provincial German city at the turn of the twentieth century, where Mann grows up with a conservative father, bound by propriety, and a Brazilian mother, alluring and unpredictable. Young Mann hides his artistic aspirations from his father and his homosexual desires from everyone. He is infatuated with one of the richest, most cultured Jewish families in Munich, and marries the daughter Katia. They have six children. On a holiday in Italy, he longs for a boy he sees on a beach and writes the story Death in Venice

He is the most successful novelist of his time, winner of the Nobel Prize in literature, a public man whose private life remains secret. He is expected to lead the condemnation of Hitler, whom he underestimates. His oldest daughter and son, leaders of Bohemianism and of the anti-Nazi movement, share lovers. He flees Germany for Switzerland, France and, ultimately, America, living first in Princeton and then in Los Angeles.

In a stunning marriage of research and imagination, Tóibín explores the heart and mind of a writer whose gift is unparalleled and whose life is driven by a need to belong and the anguish of illicit desire. The Magician is an intimate, astonishingly complex portrait of Mann, his magnificent and complex wife Katia, and the times in which they lived--the first world war, the rise of Hitler, World War II, the Cold War, and exile. This is a man and a family fiercely engaged by the world, profoundly flawed, and unforgettable. 

Named a Most Anticipated Book by The Millions, LitHub, and Time Magazine

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Saturday, October 2, 2021 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm
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The Magician: A Novel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781476785080
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Scribner - September 7th, 2021

In the Event of Contact: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9781950539260
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Dzanc Books - May 18th, 2021