Death in Venice

Death in Venice

Downloadable Audiobook - 2004
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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."
Publisher: [New York, N.Y.] : Harper Audio, 2004
Branch Call Number: PT2625.A44 T6313 2004x
Characteristics: 1 downloadable audio file
Additional Contributors: Callow, Simon 1949-
Heim, Michael Henry

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Jan 09, 2016

Aschenbach was a sad figure of a man, for sure, having spent a lifetime in social, personal and professional constraints and confinements. Here is a man who, except for a brief & happy marriage, had no fun or humour in his life at all. In Venice, he sees a boy who is free and enjoys life as it comes to him. Ashenbach becomes besotted with that (the freedom & life). The boy is a symbol of all that Aschenbach never had in his life.
Aschenbach is a sad figure, having lived such a dull, restrained life but he embraces life in the end and the small amount of freedom he got through watching and following Tadzio gave Aschenbach’s life a dignity it didn't have before. Very well written and narrated.


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