The Magic Mountain - Thomas Mann
Ok here we go with Herr Mann again. We love him! Beyond 'Death in Venice' of course, Magic Mountain is hailed as a monument to 20th century German literature. It centers around a sanitarium in Davos, Switzerland with a cast of characters drawn from real life. Is it a bildungsroman? You gotta be the judge. *This is an edition that my father would have had on his shelf, for reals. These nice, old, hardback copies of classics.