Buddenbrooks
Buddenbrooks

Buddenbrooks Introduction

by Thomas Hardy

Buddenbrooks was Thomas Mann’s first novel, published in 1901 when he was twenty-six years old. It portrays the downfall (already announced in the subtitle, Decline of a family) of a wealthy mercantile family of L├╝beck over four generations. The book is generally understood as a portrait of the German bourgeois society throughout several decades of the 19th century.