Quotation by Thomas Mann

Why does almost everything seem to me like its own parody? Why must I think that almost all, no, all the methods and conventions of art today are good for parody only?
Thomas Mann (1875–1955), German author, critic. Originally published as Doktor Faustus, Fischer (1947). Adrian Leverkühn, in Doctor Faustus, ch. 15, p. 134, trans. by Helen T. Lowe-Porter, Vintage Books, Random House (1948).
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