The Turning Point: The Autobiography of Klaus Mann

Klaus Mann, writer of Mephisto and the oldest son of Nobel Prize winner Thomas Mann, describes the life of intellectuals in Europe before the Nazi seizure of power, then moves on to depict the restless existence of the often bohemian literary circles of writers in Paris, Zurich, Amsterdam, New York, and Hollywood in the 30s and 40s.

Klaus Mann was one of the most active European writers with an antifascist mission. In 1937 he moved to the United States, began writing in English, and became an American citizen in 1943. He died in Cannes in 1949. Mann’s works have been translated into more than twenty languages. The best known are Mephisto, Andre Gide and the Crisis of Modern Thought, Escape to Life and his novel based on the life of Tchaikovsky, Pathetic Symphony (also available from Markus Wiener).

Shelley Frisch is author of The Lure of the Linguistic, and translator of many books from the German, including biographies of Nietzsche, Kafka, and Einstein. She has taught German literature at Columbia University, Haverford College, and Rutgers University, and serves on the PEN Translation Committee.