In: KulturPoetik 2008, Heft 1


Stefan Bub


Phonograph und Grammophon bei Thomas Mann und Michel Leiris




The invention of the phonograph and gramophone at the end of the nineteenth century that made it possible to preserve the sound of voices both fascinated and disquieted contemporary authors. Further, the passages from Thomas Mann’s Der Zauberberg and Michel Leiris’s autobiography La règle du jeu examined in the present article deal with these machines as objects having auras, and with the impression made by their sound. At the same time, these texts highlight in different ways the disturbing noises caused by technical imperfections. These are linked in the literature to experiences of the startling discontinuity of time and awareness of death.