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Death in Venice

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Der Tod in Venedig

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Approx. 20,000 words

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On a spring afternoon of the year 19—, when our continent lay under such threatening weather for whole months, Gustav Aschenbach, or von Aschenbach as his name read officially after his fiftieth birthday, had left his apartment on the Prinzregenstrasse in Munich, and had gone for a long walk.

— First line, trans. Kenneth Burke

Writers are happiest with an idea which can become all emotion, and an emotion all idea.


Nothing is more unusual and strained than the relationship between people who know each other only with their eyes, who meet daily, even hourly, and yet are compelled, by force of custom or their own caprices, to say no word or make no move of acknowledgment, but to maintain the appearance of an aloof unconcern.


Some minutes passed before anyone hurried to the aid of the man who had collapsed into one corner of his chair. He was brought to his room. And on the same day a respectfully shocked world received the news of his death.

— Last lines


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See also:

The Way of All Flesh

The Secret Agent

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