Tod in Venedig

ISBN-10: 0486287149
ISBN-13: 9780486287140
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Description: Celebrated novella of a middle-aged German writer’s tormented passion for a Polish youth met on holiday in Venice, and its tragic consequences. Powerful evocation of the mysterious forces of death and disintegration in the midst of existence, and  More...

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List price: $2.50
Publisher: Dover Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/10/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 80
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.25" tall
Weight: 0.132
Language: English

Celebrated novella of a middle-aged German writer’s tormented passion for a Polish youth met on holiday in Venice, and its tragic consequences. Powerful evocation of the mysterious forces of death and disintegration in the midst of existence, and the isolation of the artist in 20th-century life. This edition provides an excellent new translation and extensive commentary on many facets of the story.

Thomas Mann was born into a well-to-do upper class family in Lubeck, Germany. His mother was a talented musician and his father a successful merchant. From this background, Mann derived one of his dominant themes, the clash of views between the artist and the merchant. Mann's novel, Buddenbrooks (1901), traces the declining fortunes of a merchant family much like his own as it gradually loses interest in business but gains an increasing artistic awareness. Mann was only 26 years old when this novel made him one of Germany's leading writers. Mann went on to write The Magic Mountain (1924), in which he studies the isolated world of the tuberculosis sanitarium. The novel was based on his wife's confinement in such an institution. Doctor Faustus (1947), his masterpiece, describes the life of a composer who sells his soul to the devil as a price for musical genius. Mann is also well known for Death in Venice (1912) and Mario the Magician (1930), both of which portray the tensions and disturbances in the lives of artists. His last unfinished work is The Confessions of Felix Krull, Confidence Man (1954), a brilliantly ironic story about a nineteenth-century swindler. An avowed anti-Nazi, Mann left Germany and lived in the United States during World War II. He returned to Switzerland after the war and became a celebrated literary figure in both East and West Germany. In 1929 he was awarded the Nobel Prize for literature.

About the Series
About This Volume
Death in Venice: The Complete Text
Introduction: Biographical and Historical Contexts
The Complete Text [Translated by David Luke]
Death in Venice: A Case Study in Contemporary Criticism
Critical History of Death in Venice
Psychoanalytic Criticism and Death in Venice
What Is Psychoanalytic Criticism?
Psychoanalytic Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Psychoanalytic Perspective:
The Eruption of the Other: Psychoanalytic Approaches to Death in Venice
Reader-Response Criticism and Death in Venice
What Is Reader-Response Criticism?
Reader-Response Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Reader-Response Perspective:
The Potential Deceptiveness of Reading in Death in Venice
Cultural Criticism and Death in Venice
What Is Cultural Criticism?
Cultural Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Cultural Perspective:
Why Is Tadzio Polish? Kultur and Cultural Multiplicity in Death in Venice
Gender Criticism and Death in Venice
What Is Gender Criticism?
Gender Criticism: A Selected Bibliography
A Perspective on Gender and Sexuality
The Life and Work of Thomas Mann: A Gay Perspective
New Historicism and Death in Venice
What Is New Historicism?
New Historicism: A Selected Bibliography
A New Historicist Perspective:
History and Community in Death in Venice
Glossary of Critical and Theoretical Terms
About the Contributors

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