Klaus Mann was born in Munich in 1906, the first child of Thomas and Katia Mann. He began his literary career as the enfant terrible of the Weimar Republic. After 1933 he became an important figure in the German literary elite that had been forced into exile by the Nazis. Klaus Mann’s death in 1949 in Cannes was caused by an overdose of sleeping pills.
ALEXANDER - A UTOPIAN NOVEL
Klaus Mann tells the story of a Macedonian king who attempts to realize an old dream of mankind: Alexander wants to create an empire of freedom and love. When the young king starts out on his victory trail, he is greeted with flowers and songs of praise. Yet by the time his empire stretches from the Egyptian deserts to the river Indus, he brings his subjects nothing but oppression and misery.