Death in Venice

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Thomas Mann

Narrated By: Simon Callow

Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers

Date: June 2004

Duration: 3 hours 10 minutes

Summary:

The world-famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim.

Published on the eve of World War I, a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann as a literary celebrity, Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful but aging writer who follows his wanderlust to Venice in search of spiritual fulfillment that instead leads to his erotic doom.

In the decaying city, besieged by an unnamed epidemic, he becomes obsessed with an exquisite Polish boy, Tadzio. "It is a story of the voluptuousness of doom," Mann wrote. "But the problem I had especially in mind was that of the artist's dignity."

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  • justus

    On the surface, this is a grim depiction of obsession and a descent in to a barely hidden self-pity. Much deeper is the tale of a life lived poorly, talent squandered, and narcissism. Mann writes powerfully and creates an atmosphere that reflects the physical delusion of well-being in Venice during an epidemic and the spiritual derision of the protagonist as he spirals down to his own destruction. Not light reading but a masterpiece that should not be missed.

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