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Death in Venice

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Original title
Der Tod in Venedig

First publication
1912

Type of publication
Novella

Genres
Literary

Writing language
German

Author's country
Germany

Length
Approx. 20,000 words

Death in Venice

THE NOVELLA | THE TEXT | TRANSLATIONS | THE MOVIE

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First line

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.

Passages

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.

Last line

Oh Agnes, oh my soul, so may thy face be by me when I close my life indeed; so may I, when the shadows which I now dismiss, still find thee near me, pointing upward!

THE NOVELLA | THE TEXT | TRANSLATIONS | THE MOVIE

See also:

Novel
The Way of All Flesh

Novel
The Secret Agent

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