Canal March

Thomas Mann: Hans Castorp's declaration of love to Madamme Chauchat

José Luis Gómez, narrator

Dramatized reading of ‘Hans Castorp’s declaration of love to Madamme Chauchat’, from The Magic Mountain

“Love is nothing if it is not madness”, Hans Castorp tells Madamme Chauchat in Thomas Mann’s novel The Magic Mountain. The actor José Luis Gómez performs this passage in the series “The Musical Universe of Thomas Mann”, which also featured Robert Schumann’s song cycle Dichterliebe (A Poet’s Love), revealing a passion similar to that described by Mann.

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