In DEATH IN VENICE, an elderly, famous, and wealthy writer named Aschenbach goes on vacation. He becomes fascinated with Tadzio, a young teenager who is staying with his family at Aschenbach's hotel. As his obsession grows, and despite warnings that a plague is threatening Venice, Aschenbach remains at the hotel hoping to make a connection with the elusive Tadzio. Mann's novel is celebrated for its subtle characterization, and its exploration of the struggles of the artist--the longing for transcendence and ideal beauty vs. the need to sacrifice for one's art.
Genre: Fiction + Literature Themes
Subgenre: Family + Friendship, Medicine + Health, Conflicts + Dualities, Arts + Entertainment, Love + Relationships + Sex, Types of Characters, Literary Genres + Types of Novels, Disasters, Psychology, Work + the Workplace, Stages of Life, Human Qualities + Behavior