Der Tod in Venedig
28 Installments— in German—Entirely free
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In Thomas Mann’s 1912 Der Tod in Venedig (Death in Venice), Gustav von Aschenbach is a successful writer, a man committed to leading a life of culture and artistic endeavor at all costs. Having denied himself many of life’s pleasures in order to pursue his talent, von Aschenbach decides, late in his life, to travel to Venice. Once there, a series of strange encounters with unusual people leads von Aschenbach to wonder just what sort of experience he is in for in this foreign city. As it happens, the aging writer develops a strange and all-consuming fascination with a handsome young boy staying with his family at von Aschenbach’s hotel. The writer is shocked and overwhelmed by his feelings for the boy—feelings that are entirely new and unexpected, but which, because of their transgressive nature, can never be voiced. Von Aschenbach’s experience in Venice becomes one of a stunning awakening to physical truths and desires that have been long silent but that still take on a devastating and all-consuming form at the end of one man’s life.
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Opening Lines (Experimental)
Gustav Aschenbach oder von Aschenbach, wie seit seinem fünfzigsten Geburtstag amtlich sein Name lautete, hatte an einem Frühlingsnachmittag des Jahres 19.., das unserem Kontinent monatelang eine so gefahrdrohende Miene zeigte, von seiner Wohnung in der Prinz-Regentenstraße zu München aus, ...Back to top
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