Quotation by Thomas Mann

It is a pregnant complex, gleaming up from the unconscious, of mother-fixation, sexual desire, and fear.
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. From the essay "Suffering and Greatness of Richard Wagner," originally published as Leiden und Größ Richard Wagners in "Die Neue Rundschau" (Berlin) Jahrgang 44, Heft 4 (April 1933). Essays by Thomas Mann, p. 203, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage (1957).

Thomas Mann's characterization of Wagner's musical world.
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