Monday, March 23, 2020 · 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm · Auditorium
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"Mario and the Magician" by Thomas Mann (1875–1955). An unnamed narrator has spent several weeks on vacation with his wife and two children in the southern Italian resort city of Torre di Venere (the Tower of Venus). An illusionist and magician with the stage name of Cavaliere Cippola (the Onion Knight) has come to town. Our narrator takes his family to see him perform, and watch as Mario, a local resident, becomes the audience participant in Cippola’s act. Written as it was during the Mussolini regime, critics have debated for years about the political nature of Mario and the Magician.
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