Death in Venice and Other Stories

Death in Venice and Other Stories

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Random House, Inc.
This superb translation of Death in Venice and six other stories by Thomas Mann is a tour de force, deserving to be the definitive text for English-speaking readers. These seven stories represent Mann’s early writing career and a level of literary quality Mann himself despaired of ever again matching. In these stories he began to grapple with themes that were to recur throughout his work. In Little Herr Friedemann, a character’s carefully structured way of life is suddenly threatened by an unexpected sexual passion. In Gladius Dei, puritanical intellect clashes with beauty. In Tristan, Mann presents an ironic and comic account of the tension between an artist and bourgeois society.

All seven of these stories are accomplished and memorable, but it is Death in Venice that truly forms the centerpiece of the collection. The themes that Mann weaves through the shorter pieces come to a climax in this stunning novella, one of the most hauntingly magnificent tales of art and self-destruction ever written.

Baker & Taylor
This collection of seven stories by one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century displays his mastery over a broad range of subjects

Publisher: Toronto ; New York : Bantam Books, 1988
ISBN: 9780553213331
0553213334
Branch Call Number: F MAN
Characteristics: li, 263 p. ; 18 cm
Additional Contributors: Luke, David 1921-

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Jul 12, 2017

The mastery of language that Mann employs demonstrates his timeless ability to turn narrative prose into visual art. His descriptions of scene and mood, often pulling references from the Greek mythos and world history, adds a layer of intellectual depth that helps foster the portrait of Aschenbach. Though, to some, the tale could be seen as squeamish, the plot really is secondary to the immersion of words and symbolism. Death in Venice is not your typical read, and really should be read for the joy and appreciation of his vernacular rather than the construction of some imaginative fiction piece.

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