Tod in Venedig

ISBN-10: 0553213334

ISBN-13: 9780553213331

Edition: 1988

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This superb new translation of "Death in Venice" and six other stories by Thomas Mann is a tour de force, sure to establish itself as the definitive text for English-speaking readers.  The seven stories in this collection represent the early part of Mann's literary career, beginning with work he produced in 1896 at the age of 21, and culminating in his most celebrated novella, "Death in Venice" (1912).  Although Mann continued working until the end of his life in 1955, he despaired of ever matching the quality of his early writing.  In these stories, Mann began to grapple with themes that were to recur throughout his work.  In the first piece, "Little Herr Friedemann," as in "Death in Venice," a character's carefully structured way of life is suddenly and unexpectedly threatened by sexual passion.  In "Gladius Dei," puritanical intellect clashes with beauty.  In "Tristan," Mann presents an ironic and comical account of tension between an artist and bourgeois society.  All seven of these stories are accomplished and memorable, but it is "Death in Venice" that truly forms the centerpiece of the collection.  Themes that weave their way through many of the shorter stories come to a climax in this novella, out century's most haunting, magnificent tale of art and self-destruction.
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Book details

List price: $5.95
Copyright year: 1988
Publisher: Random House Publishing Group
Publication date: 9/1/1988
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 416
Size: 4.25" wide x 7.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.396
Language: English

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.

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