Death in Venice and Other Tales by Thomas Mann

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Read Death in Venice and Other Tales Online Free - Featuring his world-famous masterpiece, "Death in Venice," this new collection of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's stories and novellas reveals his artistic evolution. In this new, widely acclaimed translation that restores the controversial passages that were cut out of the original English version, "Death in Venice" tells about a ruinous quest for love and beauty amid degenerating splendor. Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but lonely author, travels to the Queen of the Adriatic in search of an elusive spiritual fulfillment that turns into his erotic doom. Spellbound by a beautiful Polish boy, he finds himself fettered to this hypnotic city of sun-drenched sensuality and eerie physical decay. Also included in this volume are eleven other stories by Mann: "Tonio Kroger," "Gladius Dei," "The Blood of the Walsungs," "The Will for Happiness," "Little Herr Friedmann," "Tobias Mindernickel," "Little Lizzy," "Tristan," "The Starvelings," "The Wunderkind," and "Harsh Hour." All of the stories collected here display Mann's inimitable use of irony, his subtle characterizations, and superb, complex plots.

Title : Death in Venice and Other Tales
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ISBN : 0141181737
Edition Language : English
Format Type : Paperback
Number of Pages : 384 pages


karen rated it ★★★☆☆

May 22, 2012

european men, stay put. seriously, nothing good ever happens to you when you leave whatever small european town you are from and venture into the wider world. whether it is gide and tunisia, conrad and the congo, robbe-grillet with wherever that was, various graham greenes; statistically, there w...

William1 rated it ★★★★★

March 01, 2016

Read "Death in Venice." Love and Death. No wonder Woody Allen referenced the story in Annie Hall. Aschenbach, a writer in his fifties, an artist raised by the Kaiser to the aristocracy, sees the boy-god Tadzio on a beach in Venice and promptly loses his reason. It's a very human story. Who hasn't...

Fabian rated it ★★★★★

September 18, 2017

It's fantastic to be completely swayed by century-old works; to be turned- on completely by some German dude who probably thought so differently from you that anything he produced is just receptive to awe alone, and no discernible connections between you and the author exist. Not true. If you saw...

Ian rated it ★★★★★

August 07, 2013

Elements in a Composition "Death in Venice" was published in 1912, when Thomas Mann was 37. The protagonist is in his mid-50’s. Both Mann and his wife, Katia, acknowledged that virtually all of the elements of the plot were modelled on their trip to Venice in 1911. However, I don’t see any value in...

Ted rated it ★★★★★

February 09, 2017

Don't know if I've read all these stories or not, so the rating is primarily for Death in Venice. I remember (not very well) reading it years ago, and just now scanned it again. That scanning was enough to convince me it fulfilled all my criteria for a 5-star read. But now I must still go back and...

Poncho rated it ★★★★★

March 18, 2016

"What do you mean, Diotima,' I said, 'is love then evil and foul?' 'Hush,' she cried; 'must that be foul which is not fair?' 'Certainly,' I said. 'And is that which is not wise, ignorant? do you not see that there is a mean between wisdom and ignorance?' 'And what may that be?' I said. 'Right opi...

Jason rated it ★★★★☆

May 17, 2013

"Read this," you said, handing me Death in Venice, "you'll enjoy it!" "What's it about," I asked. "It's a story whose entire premise is based on a perverted old man lusting ghoulishly after the youth of a handsome, young boy," you said. "Fuck off," I shouted. I don't usually go in for the old-man-de...

Edward rated it ★★★★☆

April 03, 2015

Introduction --Little Herr Friedemann --The Joker --The Road to the Churchyard --Gladius Dei --Tristan --Tonio Kröger --Death in Venice

Alexandra rated it ★★★☆☆

May 20, 2017

Jetzt gleich mal ein Fazit: Thomas Mann und seine Kurzgeschichten sind meiner Meinung nach total überbewertet. Die Germanisten unter Euch mögen mich hinrichten, aber dieses nutzlose verkrampfte geistige Gehirnwichsen ergibt einfach keinen Sinn. Eines muss man dem Autor lassen: Er kann Schachtelsä...

Paquita Maria rated it ★★★★★

February 02, 2015

Finishing fantastic books should be like beating levels in Zelda...wait, WAIT! Here me out... All I mean to say is that, as a reward for reading something as near-perfect as Death in Venice, Goodreads should unlock an extra star, so that we may properly rate such rare gems of literature...sort of...

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