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Death in Venice - (Norton Critical Editions) by Thomas Mann (Paperback)

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Number of Pages: 256

Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres

Sub-Genre: General

Series Title: Norton Critical Editions

Format: Paperback

Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company

Author: Thomas Mann

Language: English

Street Date: June 17, 1994
TCIN: 77715053
UPC: 9780393960136
Item Number (DPCI): 247-59-6914

Description

"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 as it gradually succumbs to a secret epidemic. In his novella "Tonio Kroger, " Mann poetically traces a young writer's struggle between bourgeois strictures and artistic genius. Skillful dialogue and language reflect the title character's emotional conflicts, especially in his wistful visit to his home town and his sentimental journey to the Baltic. "Gladius Dei, " in contrast, is a sardonic depiction of a self-styled warrior of God, who battles against the sexual openness and profanity of Munich, the art center of northern Europe. In "The Blood of the Walsungs, " set in turn-of-the-century Berlin, a wealthy Jewish family, modeled after the family of Thomas Mann's wife, is excoriated in a Wagnerian evening that ends in self-loathing and self-loving incest.
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