Perhaps the least discussed—and for that reason least understood—of the multitudinous facets of Thomas Mann's writings has been that which concerns his image of the Jew. Generally, the subject is not mentioned even in the more comprehensive studies of Mann's works. The story which deals most directly with a Jewish theme, The Blood of the Volsungs (Wälsungenblut, 1905), has attracted relatively little critical attention. This is remarkable for two reasons. Artistically, it is a minor masterpiece; and biographically, the story became the center of a storm of outrage within Mann's own family and precipitated a domestic protest which led to the suppression of its publication.



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