The Italian adaptation of Thomas Mann's
Fiorenza, which imaginatively reconstructs the conflict between Lorenzo de Medici and Girolamo Savonarola in 15th-century Florence, was successfully presented on the Italian stage in 1986. This volume makes available the translated text of the Italian version, rounded out by an historical introduction and the complete texts of Mann's
Gladius Dei, the short story which served as a kind of preliminary study for the drama of conflict between pagan estheticism and tragic fanaticism.
New York, Bern, Frankfurt/M., Paris, 1990. XIII, 197 pp.
Contents: This unique study reflects the depth and complexity of the issues raised by Mann's Fiorenza in both its original
and modernized Italian versions, and evinces the relevance of the drama to some problems of our day.