The world-famous writer is struck, for the first time in his life, by the power of illicit love. It blinds him to the world, and to the plague slowly engulfing him. And it demonstrates that the cataclysms of the world have meager scope compared to the unquenchable life beating in each human heart. — Mike Hare
A "brilliant . . . perfectly nuanced translation" (The Boston Globe) of Thomas Mann's greatest short works
A Penguin Classic
Featuring his world-famous masterpiece, "Death in Venice," this collection of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's stories and novellas reveals his artistic evolution. In a widely acclaimed translation that restores the controversial passages that were censored from the original English version, "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.
Also included in this volume are eleven other stories by Mann: "Tonio Kroger," "Gladius Dei," "The Blood of the Walsungs," "The Will for Happiness," "Little Herr Friedmann," "Tobias Mindernickel," "Little Lizzy," "Tristan," "The Starvelings," "The Wunderkind," and "Harsh Hour." All of the stories collected here display Mann's inimitable use of irony, his subtle characterizations, and superb, complex plots.
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About the Author
Thomas Mann (1875-1955) was one of the finest and most prolific German novelists of our century. His most famous works include Buddenbrooks, The Magic Mountain, Doctor Faustus, and the Joseph tetralogy.
Joachim Neugroschel (1938-2011) won three PEN translation awards and the French-American translation prize. He also translated Sacher-Masoch's Venus in Furs for Penguin Classics.
By the Winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature
“A classic novella about one man’s infatuation with a young boy’s ideal beauty as cholera sweeps through the canals of Venice, emptying the hotels and quieting the streets.” —Jillian Kravatz, Harvard Book Store, in Boston Magazine