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Death in Venice [Englisch] [Taschenbuch]

Thomas Mann
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31. Mai 2005 0060576170 978-0060576172 Reprint

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."


  • Taschenbuch: 160 Seiten
  • Verlag: Harper Perennial; Auflage: Reprint (31. Mai 2005)
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ISBN-10: 0060576170
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060576172
  • Größe und/oder Gewicht: 20,2 x 13,5 x 1 cm
  • Durchschnittliche Kundenbewertung: 4.0 von 5 Sternen  Alle Rezensionen anzeigen (18 Kundenrezensionen)
  • Amazon Bestseller-Rang: Nr. 570.859 in Fremdsprachige Bücher (Siehe Top 100 in Fremdsprachige Bücher)
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Bis heute gilt er vielen als der Inbegriff der deutschen Literatur: Thomas Mann (1875-1955), der Literaturnobelpreisträger von 1929. Diese höchste Auszeichnung erhielt er für seinen ersten Roman "Die Buddenbrooks", ein Jahrhundertwerk, das als Schlüsselroman seiner Zeit gilt. Kurz nach diesem Triumph begann für Thomas Mann die Zeit des Exils, zunächst in der Schweiz, unterbrochen von Reisen in die USA, wo ihm 1938 die Ehrendoktorwürde der Columbia University, New York, verliehen wurde. 1941 siedelte er nach Kalifornien über, drei Jahre später wurde er amerikanischer Staatsbürger. 1952 kehrte Thomas Mann in die Schweiz zurück, wo er 1955 starb. Zu seinen bekanntesten Werken gehören "Der Tod in Venedig", "Der Zauberberg" und "Die Bekenntnisse des Hochstaplers Felix Krull".



Presents a middle-aged German writer's anguished passion for a Polish youth met during a holiday in Venice, and its tragic consequences, evoking the mysterious forces of death and disintegration in the midst of life. -- Dieser Text bezieht sich auf eine andere Ausgabe: Bibliothekseinband .

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German essayist, cultural critic, and novelist, Thomas Mann was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1929. Among his most famous works are Buddenbrooks, published when he was just twenty-six, The Magic Mountain, and Doctor Faustus.

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Gustav Aschenbach or von Aschenbach, as he had officially been known since his fiftieth birthday, set out alone from his residence in Munich's Prinzregentenstrasse on a spring afternoon in 19..-a year that for months had shown so ominous a countenance to our continent-with the intention of taking an extended walk. Lesen Sie die erste Seite
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5.0 von 5 Sternen The Self Destructive Potential of Love 14. Juli 2000
Von Ein Kunde
Death in Venice is the first serious study of homoerotic love in the modern novel although many precedents do exist: the ambiguous sonnets of Michelangelo or Shakespeare, Marlowe's tortured Edward II, the androgynous aesthetics of Winckelmann, the lyrical allegories of Rimbaud and the dark insinuations of Stevenson's Jekyll and Hyde or Wilde's Dorian Gray. E.M. Forester's posthumously published Maurice is exactly contemporary with Death in Venice.
Death in Venice tells the story of Gustave von Aschenbach, a writer living in Munich. One May afternoon, while strolling through that city's famed English Gardens, von Aschenbach encounters the Wandervogel (hiker); an apparition of an angular, hawklike man, who returns von Aschenbach's gaze before disappearing.
A true ascetic, von Aschenbach has never known the sweet idleness and freedom of youth, but after viewing the Wandervogel he is seized by the desire to travel and leave his labors behind. Finally obeying the urges of his long-repressed, primeval, exotic side, von Aschenbach sets out for Trieste, however after only ten days he decides he dislikes that city and take a boat to Venice instead.
While making the short trip. von Aschenbach encounters yet another apparition--that of an old man, who, through the artifice of makeup and a wig, has attempted to make himself appear young again--to no avail. Disgusted, von Aschenbach promptly hires a gondolier and checks into his hotel on the Lido.
Later that evening, von Aschenbach's attention is hypnotically drawn to a Polish boy of fourteen who is dining at the next table with his family.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Apollo v. Dionysos 27. April 2000
Mann is a sophisticated and complex writer, and thus not the most accessible. Familiarity with Greek mythology is a great help in understanding the symbolic subtleties of the book, which were lost on me at times. Mann shows us the basic Nietzschean opposition between Apollo and Dionysos by portraying the main character first as a brilliant, but dignified and rather conservative writer; and then as an intoxicated dreamer obsessed with a young Polish boy. His irrational and dangerous passion for this image of divine artistic perfection overcomes his sense of dignity and decency. It is a wonderful tragicomic aspect of this book that the main character continually runs into other decadent pleasure-seekers (an old drunkard, a guitar player, etc.), and is appalled by them, yet he is unable to control his own passion. We should not forget, however, that the main character might be as happy in his insane longing for the idealized boy as he was as a neurotic workaholic. Great writing, although very little actually happens in the book, most of the time Mann is dwelling on more abstract psychological and artistic themes. Finally, the book may very well make you want to visit Venice.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Brilliant, beautiful adaptation of Nietzche 16. Dezember 1999
Von "neshome"
One cannot read this book without having some knowledge of Nietzche's philosophy of the rational and the irrational. I highly suggest reading The Birth of Tragedy -- or at least a synopsis of it. Having read both, I feel there are no homosexual overtones. Indeed, there are no sexual overtones at all. It is the story of a man seeking balance within himself, and failing. He succumbs to the irrational, the utterly useless and beautiful, and he dies. He is not gay, nor is he a pedophile. The boy is inconsequential... he could have been a pretty potted plant. This book is also beautifully written. Mann's command of language is astounding.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen Number One??? 6. August 1999
Von Ein Kunde
"Death in Venice" is the type of book that English professors just LOOOOVE, but that the rest of us just don't get. About the best thing I can say about it is that I didn't invest too much time reading it.
As for being the #1 Gay novel -- what an insult. Not only is this story a trial to read, it's (seemingly) about an aging pedophile's lust for a young boy, certainly nothing this gay reader is familiar with or cares to know about!
Other than that, it's an OK period piece.
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Death in Venice is one of the most moving works of fiction I have ever read in my life, and it is also a story that I never tire of reading. There is a haunting, dream-like quality to the tale itself, reinforced by the almost hypnotic prose brilliantly deployed by Thomas Mann. On the surface, it would seem to be a sordid story about a middle-aged man's tragic infatuation for a young boy, whilst on holiday in Venice. On reading it however, it becomes clear that it is not a story about homosexuality as such, but rather a profound consideration of the transcendent nature of beauty perceived by the senses. Yes, Gustav Von Ascherbach presents a tragic figure, chasing the object of his affections all over Venice. And, yes this infatuation also leads to his eventual doom. But, paradoxically, this new-found passion leads to his spiritual rebirth, as he realizes how beauty not only gives meaning to his art, but also to his own life. His love for Tadzio is a pure love. Through Tadzio he is being reconciled with himself, and his own sensual nature, after a lifetime of restraint and relentless self-discipline. So,for me, the underlying theme of this magnificent story is that "love really does conquer all" Please read it- you will be hooked for life!
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3.0 von 5 Sternen A good novella, but far from perfect
Death in Venice has at times a spellbinding atmosphere. At times it is also displaying Mann's magnificent register of using the language, actually more often than rare, that alone... Lesen Sie weiter...
Veröffentlicht am 28. Juni 1999 von Frank-Tommy Olsen (ramsund@xtra.co.nz)
2.0 von 5 Sternen Much less to this than I had supposed
There is an old review of mine in this page that praises _Death in Venice_ as "one of the greatest works of short fiction ever written. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 25. Mai 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen BIRTH OF TRAGEDY IS A MUST
BIRTH OF TRAGEDY must be read before Death in Venice or what u take away from the book will be off from Mann's intentions. Just so you know... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 30. April 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen A little disagreement
I love the story, but it must be pointed out that Aschenbach's love for the boy never constituted lust of any kind -- he never dreamt of sleeping with the boy. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 11. April 1999 veröffentlicht
2.0 von 5 Sternen A Dreadful Translation
This, the most famous of novellas (ostensibly ased on the death of Mahler), is given very poor treatment here; the wording, however, accurate, is clunky and graceless; while the... Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 2. April 1999 veröffentlicht
5.0 von 5 Sternen An older man's love of a young boy leads to his death.
A few pages into this literary classic and one might be tempted to put this novel down in search of less challenging fare. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 26. Februar 1999 veröffentlicht
3.0 von 5 Sternen Beatifully written yet over-exasperated
Mann's style of writing is truly one of a kind. The only reason this was not a five star book was because it kept going, and going, and going without actually reaching anywhere. Lesen Sie weiter...
Am 3. Januar 1999 veröffentlicht
1.0 von 5 Sternen The most boring piece of literature that I've ever read
It's boring, it's stupid, it's perverted, it's slow, it's TOO descriptive.
Don't waste your time, there are many deep and interesting books in Amazon as to read this one.
Am 22. November 1998 veröffentlicht
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