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International Journal of Literary Culture / Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur

Ed. by Biti, Vladimir / Liska, Vivian

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Volume 38, Issue 2


Mynheer Peeperkorn's Fever

Stephan Besser
Published Online: 2008-02-27 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.38.2.257

Hans Castorp's initial reaction is pained confusion: instead of returning to the Magic Mountain alone, Clawdia Chauchat has come back to the sanatorium in the company of Pieter Peeperkorn, an elderly colonial Dutchman who traded coffee on Java. Hofrat Behrens gives Hans what is initially the somewhat welcome news that his rival “hasn't come up here for fun” (549). On the contrary, Peeperkorn suffers from a serious disease which the doctor diagnoses as “tropical fever, malignant, intermittent, you know; protracted, obstinate” [Tropenfieber … Wechselfieber, verstehen Sie, verschleppt, hartnäckig] (ibid.).

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Published Online: 2008-02-27

Published in Print: 2003-10-14

Citation Information: Arcadia – International Journal for Literary Studies, Volume 38, Issue 2, Pages 257–263, ISSN (Online) 1613-0642, ISSN (Print) 0003-7982, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/arca.38.2.257.

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