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."
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I'm afraid that's not Simon Callow's beautiful voice.
Narration by Simon Callow. Introduction (and preview) by Michael Cunningham.
This is just to verify that the narrator is indeed the wonderful actor Simon Callow.
The *preview* is from the introduction by writer Michael Cunningham.
The translator is Michael Henry Heim, UCLA professor of Slavic languages and literature, and a linguist who has brought a distinctive slant to Mann’s work.