Synopses & Reviews
Featuring his world-famous masterpiece, Death in Venice
, this new collection of Nobel laureate Thomas Mann's stories and novellas reveals his artistic evolution. In this new, widely acclaimed translation that restores the controversial passages that were cut out of 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.
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.
"Brilliant work...from one of the century's great writers." Kirkus Reviews
A haunting novella, Death in Venice
tells the story of a man who falls into foolish love, only to reap his own ruin. Gustav von Aschenbach, a dignified but lonely writer in the twilight of his life, is enjoying a Venetian vacation when he notices the taut, lean figure of a Polish boy. His name is Tadzioand he embodies the sleek perfection of youth. Aschenbach finds himself completely and hopelessly obsessed with this ideal. Death in Venice
brims with mythical imagery, exploring the themes of beauty and decay, passion and pestilence.
This translation of Nobel laureate Thomas Manns work by Jefferson S. Chase includes an additional novella, Tonio Kröger, and the short stories Tristan,” Man and Dog: An Idyll,” Hour of Hardship,” Tobias Mindernickel,” and The Child Prodigy.”
Translated and with an Introduction by Jefferson S. Chase and an Afterword by Martin Swales
About the Author
Thomas Mann (18751955) 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
Neugroschel has won three PEN translation prizes, the French-American Foundation Translation Prize, and has translated more than 170 books. He has been awarded grants from the NEA and the Guggenheim Foundation.