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Death in Venice by Thomas Mann

Death in Venice (1912)

by Thomas Mann

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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."… (more)
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Sprachlich ein Genuss zu lesen, doch das Ende war mir zu unerwartet und etwas unverständlich. ( )
  SVY | May 25, 2020 |
833.912 MAN
  alessandragg | Apr 17, 2020 |
833.912 MAN
  alessandragg | Apr 17, 2020 |
I remember reading "Buddenbrooks" in high school and didn’t enjoy it. However, after reading "Death in Venice", I just may give Mann’s earlier work another try. I thoroughly enjoyed this book. Though there’s really not much to the storyline, I was intrigued by the main character. At times, Mann’s elongated prose, slowly inching the plot along, frustrated me. But, I couldn’t shake this pressing desire to learn of Gustav Aschenbach’s fate. Now looking back, the pages and pages of poetic “tension” only intensified my longing to read to the end. I was left remembering a Goodreads quote I saved years ago to my page: “We are never so defenseless against suffering as when we love.”- Sigmund Freud ( )
  RoxieT | Nov 9, 2019 |
Another classic book I felt I should read... Well, I read it. And you can get the same emotional impact by reading the Wikipedia article. ( )
  doryfish | Jul 31, 2019 |
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This man in the gate of the cemetery is almost the Motiv of the story. By him, Aschenbach is infected with a desire to travel. He examines himself minutely, in a way almost painful in its frankness, and one sees the whole soul of this author of fifty-three. And it seems, the artist has absorbed the man, and yet the man is there, like an exhausted organism on which a parasite has fed itself strong. Then begins a kind of Holbein Totentanz. The story is quite natural in appearance, and yet there is the gruesome sense of symbolism throughout...

It is as an artist rather than as a story-teller that Germany worships Thomas Mann. And yet it seems to me, this craving for form is the outcome, not of artistic conscience, but of a certain attitude to life... Thomas Mann seems to me the last sick sufferer from the complaint of Flaubert. The latter stood away from life as from a leprosy.
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Mann, ThomasAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Burke, KennethTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Callow, SimonNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Castellani, EmilioTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Cunningham, MichaelIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
De Angelis, EnricoEditorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Heim, Michael HenryTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hom, HansTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Lowe-Porter, H. T.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olsen, Kjell Erik KilliIllustr.secondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Olsen, Kjell Erik Killi illustr.Translatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Solar, Juan José delTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ulsen, Henk vanNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed

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Death in Venice / Tristan / Tonio Kröger by Thomas Mann

Der Tod in Venedig (German Edition) by Thomas Mann (indirect)

Die Erzählungen by Thomas Mann (indirect)

Romanzi brevi by Thomas Mann

Death in Venice / A Man and His Dog by Thomas Mann

The Folio Book of Short Novels by Folio Society

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On a spring afternoon in 19--, a year that for months flowered threateningly over our continent, Gustav Aschenbach--or von Aschenbach, as he had been known officially since his fiftieth birthday--set off alone from his dwelling in Prinzregentenstrasse in Munich on a rather long walk. [Norton Critical Edition]
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