Friday, August 12, 2016

"Mario und der Zauberer" 1930

Thomas Mann died on August 12, 1955.

She read "Mario and the Magician" in a college German class--along with the English version. Languages weren't her forte.

But now the political climate, the insidious lies told, the permission issued to those at his political rallies to descend into violent chants bring to mind "Mario and the Magician."  Cavaliers Cipolla, a magician, expertly manipulates his audience in the manner of a fascist demagogue.

He capitalizes on the  bigotry of his audience and exploits it for his own purposes-- a cautionary tale for our times.


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