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Death in Venice (1912)
by Thomas Mann
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Death in Venice: an opera in two acts. Music by Benjamin Britten, libretto by Myfanwy Piper based on the short story by Thomas Mann...first performance of the ENO production, 24 May 2007. [Programme].
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060576170, Paperback)
The world-famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann -- here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim
Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.
In the decaying city, besieged by an unnamed epidemic, he becomes obsessed with an exquisite Polish boy, Tadzio. "It is a story of the voluptuousness of doom," Mann wrote. "But the problem I had especially in mind was that of the artist's dignity."
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"Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer, follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fullfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom"--Dust jacket.