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MONTBLANC WRITERS EDITION 2009 - THOMAS MANN
Thomas Mann’s masterpiece “Buddenbrooks” has brought him immortality and has turned him into one of the most famous writers of the 20th century. Montblanc is paying tribute to this unique wordsmith with an equally unique Writers Edition. The platinum-plated inlays in the rich black lacquer of this writing instrument are inspired by the age of artistic creativity in which Thomas Mann lived: the Art Deco era. The interplay of colours and materials symbolises the different relationships between the characters in “Buddenbrooks”.
An onyx-coloured zircon is set above the teardrop on the clip, reflecting the depth of content of this family saga. The delicate engraving of the “Buddenbrooks” house on the rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib brings Mann’s birthplace in Lübeck to mind, which is now the home of the Thomas Mann Museum. His signature and the ivory-coloured Montblanc emblem on the top of the cap add the finishing touches to this exceptional edition in honour of Thomas Mann.
The brilliance of Paul Thomas Mann, born 6 June 1875 in Lübeck, was already evident in his early creative phase: he demonstrated flashes of genius in his prose sketches and essays whilst still a schoolboy, before signing a letter with “Thomas Mann. Lyrical dramatic poet” at the age of just 14. He was, however, to be proved right: he had barely begun as a trainee in an insurance company when he made his writing debut with the published novella “Gefallen”, which earned him widespread acclaim. Encouraged by this critical success, Mann decided to commit to a career as a writer.
In 1901, aged just 26, he completed his famous family saga “Buddenbrooks”, a masterpiece of linguistic artistry and cunning irony. This epic novel, translated into over 40 languages, has cast its spell over more than 6 million readers to date. The novel won its author the 1929 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Literary masterpieces, such as the gloomy novella “Death in Venice”, earned Thomas Mann the reputation of being the grand master of irony and literary Mannerism. As a bourgeois free-thinker and conservative innovator during the Art Deco era, he was one of the most prominent opponents of National Socialism.
In 1938, his democratic persuasion prompted him to flee to the US in exile with his family, where he remained until 1952 before returning to Europe and spending his twilight years in Switzerland. Three years later, on 12 August 1955, Thomas Mann died in Zurich, aged 80. His oeuvre includes a large number of novels and novellas, essays, autobiographical pieces, political manifestos and film adaptations. Thomas Mann remains one of the most remarkable and passionate authors in the history of German literature.
12,000 fountain pens
15,000 ballpoint pens
3,000 sets comprising fountain pen, ballpoint pen and mechanical pencil
•Rhodium-plated 18 K gold nib engraved with the “Buddenbrook” house
•Barrel in precious black lacquer with multilayered inlays
•Platinum-plated clip set with onyx-coloured zircon
•Ivory-coloured Montblanc emblem
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