Nov 30, 2020


#Mutually Mann - A Virtual Reading Intiative

November 30 to December 2, 2020

#MutuallyMann is an interactive reading experience and a space for transatlantic conversation in times of social distancing and quarantine. We, the Thomas Mann House and the S. Fischer Verlag publishing house, invite readers from all over the world to read Thomas Mann’s essay Germany and the Germans. This lecture was given by Mann right after the end of World War II at the Library of Congress in Washington DC as well as in New York and Los Angeles. He addressed Germany through the lens of his own experiences and his exile during the war.

The second edition of #MutuallyMann is an opportunity to re-read Mann’s thoughts against the backdrop of today’s transatlantic relationship and to share ideas, questions, images, or favorite quotes on social media over the course of three days. From November 30 to December 2, 2020, users can post their opinions, photos and comments in English or German on social media with the hashtag #MutuallyMann.

#MutuallyMann is accompanied by text and video contributions from writers, intellectuals and renowned Mann researchers. Check out our social wall to read all the contributions by our experts [link] and see what was happening on #MutuallyMann.

Among the participants will be the renowned Thomas Mann expert Hans Vaget (Smith College), the writers Olga Grjasnowa and Juan Guse, David Morris (Library of Congress), the literary scholars Veronica Fuechtner (Dartmouth College) and Stefan Keppler-Tasaki (University of Tokyo), Alex Ross (The New Yorker), the German studies scholars Meike Werner (Vanderbilt University) and Kai Sina (University of Münster), the legal scholar and Thomas Mann Fellow Christoph Möllers (Humboldt University Berlin, tbc.), as well as Thomas Mann Fellow and journalist Maria Exner (Die Zeit).


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