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The Wagner Clan

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Jonathan Carr's The Wagner Clan shows, with the sweeping scope of a Wagnerian opera, how the history of Europe and that of the infamous composer's family are inextricably intertwined.

Carr presents not only Richard Wagner himself but also an illustrious, as well as notorious, cast of historical figures who feature in Wagner's story: Franz Liszt (whose illegitimate daughter Cosima married Wagner); Friedrich Nietzsche; Arthur Schopenhauer; Richard Strauss; Gustav Mahler; Arturo Toscanini; Joseph Goebbels; Hermann Göring; and the "Wolf" himself, Adolf Hitler, a passionate fan of the Master's music and an adopted uncle to Wagner's grandchildren. 

The Wagner Clan is a riveting chronicle of the ascent, decline, and rehabilitation of the German nation and one of its most infamous families.

An Economist Best Book of 2007
Starred Review - Publishers Weekly

About the Author

Jonathan Carr (1942–2008) was a British journalist and author, who lived and worked primarily in Germany. He worked as a correspondent in turns for Reuters, Radio Free Europe, The Economist, The Financial Times, and again for The Economist.



  • Hardcover
  • 432 pages
  • Size: 6 x 9"

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