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.
With this novel, Klaus Mann created a life story of Peter Ilyitsch Tchaikovsky. The sunken urban backgrounds of St. Petersburg and Moscow, imperial Berlin and other cultural centres of music are brought back to life again. Symphonie Pathétique is a novel that deals with the relationship between Eros, politics and art. This new edition includes an appendix with a German publishing first: The altered ending which Klaus Mann wrote in 1948 for an American edition of the book, in which he placed the issue of the artist’s homosexuality at the forefront.