This text mounts a forensic challenge to this consensus - Mann was remarkably open about his sexual orientation, which he saw as no reason for guilt. But sexuality in Mann's work is inextricably bound up with an eruption of violence. Maar pursues this trail through Mann's writings, and traces back its origins back to Mann's second visit to Italy, during which the Devil appeared to him in Palestrina. Something happened to the 21-year-old Thomas Mann in Naples that marked him for life with a burdensome sense of guilt - but what exactly was it?
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