Death in Venice

deat_veniceThomas Mann

This is a remarquable novella about a middle-aged straight-laced and serious German writer who spends some time in Venice on a holiday. He sees a beautiful boy of 13 or 14 years of age and becomes completely obsessed with his loveliness, to the point of feverishly losing himself. Platonic love, art, the quest for beauty, are some of the themes explored in this work by the Nobel Prize Winner.