n Acta Germanica : German Studies in Africa - Sinneserweiterungen : Klaus Manns Erkundungen Afrikas

Volume 28, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 0065-1273



Throughout his life Klaus Mann could never satisfactorily resolve the basic conflict between his individual needs and his social conscience, i.e. between individualism and collectivism. While his writings and especially his autobiographies reflect this preoccupation, they also show that he becomes increasingly aware of being an outsider. This realisation is manifested in his incessant need to travel, accompanied by his inability to ever gain a sense of belonging. This paper argues that his experiences in North Africa underwrite this antinomical structure in his thinking and his writings in that they satisfied his desire for transgression while confining him to his identity as a European.

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