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A story of the voluptuousness of doom’ Thomas Mann

Death in Venice is a story of obsession. Gustave von Aschenbach is a successful but ageing writer who travels to Venice for a holiday. One day, at dinner, Aschenbach notices an exceptionally beautiful young boy who is staying with his family in the same hotel. Soon his days begin to revolve around seeing this boy and he is too distracted to pay attention to the ominous rumours that have begun to circulate about disease spreading through the city.


The real theme is fading creativity and the search for inspiration...A deep and highly complex drama of the psyche

Financial Times

This complex fin-de-siecle masterpiece...seems eerily to pre-echo the destructive decadence that would shortly shatter European civilisation itself

The Times

Thomas Mann's story of obsession and spiritual malaise


What Mann understands and laughs at, though it grips him, is the quasi-sexual attraction of beauty and philosophy...Death in Venice is one of the undisputed classics of contemporary European literature


Mann's obsessive story explores the complex, haunted relationship between an ageing writer and a beautiful Polish boy


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  • Paperback


    August 3, 2001

    Vintage Classics

    336 pages

    RRP $14.99

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Joseph And His Brothers
Collected Stories
Little Herr Friedmann And Other Stories
Death In Venice
Royal Highness
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The Magic Mountain
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Best Laid Plans
Echo Burning
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Fool Me Once
Private Delhi
The Girl on the Train
The Heart's Invisible Furies
Swing Time
Men Without Women
Paris For One And Other Stories
The Narrow Road to the Deep North
The Curious Incident of the Dog In the Night-time
The Girls
The Mistress