By Thomas Mann
Thomas Mann appeared his huge retelling of the biblical tale of Joseph as his magnum opus. He conceived of the 4 parts–The tales of Jacob, younger Joseph, Joseph in Egypt, and Joseph the Provider–as a unified narrative, a “mythological novel” of Joseph’s fall into slavery and his upward push to be lord over Egypt. Deploying lavish, persuasive aspect, Mann conjures for us the area of patriarchs and pharaohs, the traditional civilizations of Egypt, Mesopotamia, and Palestine, and the common strength of human love in all its good looks, desperation, absurdity, and soreness. the result's a super amalgam of humor, emotion, mental perception, and epic grandeur.
Now the award-winning translator John E. Woods provides us a definitive new English model of Joseph and His Brothers that's worthwhile of Mann’s fulfillment, revealing the novel’s exuberant polyphony of old and sleek voices, a wealthy song that's by way of turns stylish, coarse, and elegant.