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Bashan and I

(1923)
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Bashan and I is the moving story of Thomas Mann's relationship with his spirited German short-haired pointer. From their first encounter at a local farm, Mann reveals how he slowly grows to love this energetic, loyal, and intelligent animal. Taking daily walks in the nearby parkland, Mann begins to understand and appreciate Bashan as a living being, witnessing his native delight in chasing rabbits, deer, and squirrels along with his careful investigations of stones, fallen branches, and clumps of wet leaves. As their bond deepens, Mann is led to contemplate Bashan's inner life, and marvels at the ease with which his dog trusts him, completely putting his life into his master's hands.

Over time, the two develop a deep mutual understanding, but for Mann, there is always a sense of loss at never being able to enter the private world of his dear friend, and he slowly becomes conscious of the eternal divide between mankind and the rest of nature. Nonetheless, the unique relationship quietly moves to the forefront of Mann's life, and when master and companion are briefly separated, Mann is taken aback by the depth of his loneliness without his dog. It is this deep affection for another living creature that helps the writer to reach a newfound understanding of the nature of love, in all its complexity.

First published in 1916 and translated into English in 1923, Bashan and I was heralded for its simple telling of how a dog became a priceless companion, an animal who brought meaning to the author's life.



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September 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Bashan and I
Author(s): Thomas Mann
Publisher: Independently published
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July 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Bashan and I
Author(s): Thomas Mann
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February 2020 : Paperback
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Title: Bashan and I
Author(s): Thomas Mann
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August 2002 : USA Paperback
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Title: Bashan and I (Pine Street Books)
Author(s): Thomas Mann
ISBN: 0-8122-1833-7 / 978-0-8122-1833-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pine Street Books
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February 2020 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bashan and I
Author(s): Thomas Mann
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September 2017 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Bashan and I (Pine Street Books)
Author(s): Thomas Mann
Publisher: Pine Street Books
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