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Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories summary ñ 8 á In addition to Death in Venice this volume includes Mario and the Magician Disorder and Early Sorrow A Man and His Dog Felix Krull The Blood of the Walsungs Tristan and Tonio KrögerThese stories as direct as Thomas Mann's novels are complex are perfect illustrations of their Illustrations of their author's belief that a story must tell itself Varying in theme in style in tone each is in its own way characteristic of Mann's prodigious talents From the high art of the famous title novella A story Mann said of deathof the volup. Read this you said handing me Death in Venice you'll enjoy itWhat's it about I askedIt's a story whose entire premise is based on a perverted old man lusting ghoulishly after the youth of a handsome young boy you saidFuck off I shouted I don't usually go in for the old man desires the youthful essence of a boy genre but Death in Venice spoke to me Maybe it's vanity and the fear of losing the beauty and natural exuberance of youth or the sadness felt at the passing and irretrievable loss of those carefree days The fear of growing old and eventually dying that inevitability of having lived is strong in most of us We chase it with creams ointments dyes jells injections and surgery But it only comes once for all of us Even if it's the beauty of another which we wish to preserve as is also the case with the main character in Mann's book we must come to grips with the loss As precious as it may appear the seeming perfection of youth is fleeting in us all Enjoy it while you can but realize you must sooner or later let go

Death in Venice and Seven Other StoriesIllustrations of their author's belief that a story must tell itself Varying in theme in style in tone each is in its own way characteristic of Mann's prodigious talents From the high art of the famous title novella A story Mann said of deathof the volup. Read this you said handing me Death in Venice you'll enjoy itWhat's it about I askedIt's a story whose entire premise is based on a perverted old man lusting ghoulishly after the youth of a handsome young boy you saidFuck off I shouted I don't usually go in for the old man desires the youthful essence of a boy genre but Death in Venice spoke to me Maybe it's vanity and the fear of losing the beauty and natural exuberance of youth or the sadness felt at the passing and irretrievable loss of those carefree days The fear of growing old and eventually dying that inevitability of having lived is strong in most of us We chase it with creams ointments dyes jells injections and surgery But it only comes once for all of us Even if it's the beauty of another which we wish to preserve as is also the case with the main character in Mann's book we must come to grips with the loss As precious as it may appear the seeming perfection of youth is fleeting in us all Enjoy it while you can but realize you must sooner or later let go

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Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories ☆ In addition to Death in Venice this volume includes Mario and the Magician Disorder and Early Sorrow A Man and His Dog Felix Krull The Blood of the Walsungs Tristan and Tonio KrögerThese stories as direct as Thomas Mann's novels are complex are perfect. Don't know if I've read all these stories or not so the rating is primarily for Death in Venice I remember not very well reading it years ago and just now scanned it againThat scanning was enough to convince me it fulfilled all my criteria for a 5 star read But now I must still go back and read it carefully Not because I might change my mind but because I know I'll enjoy it even When I wrote this short review I was reading Buddenbrooks and noted that it was amazing to experience again this great short story that Mann wrote many years after his first triumph with the novelThe Vintage edition pictured contains two of Mann's earlier stories which are said to be with DiV his most famous Tristan and Tonio Krogerview spoilerThe back cover has a blurb in which it's suggested that Mann and Faulkner are the only great twentieth century novelists to have mastered the short story also This is the sort of statement which can inspire endless comment and argument How about Conrad Hemingway Joyce Updike Maugham Henry James Okay the last one may be nineteenth century Of course it's all subjective opinion as to who deserves to be called great who mastered the short story hide spoiler free read Ï eBook, ePUB or Kindle PDF ó Thomas Mann

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Thomas Mann ó 8 download Tuousness of doom to the irony of Felix Krull the early story on which he later based his comic novel The Confessions of Felix Krull they are stunning testimony to the mastery and virtuosity of a literary giantTranslated from the German by HT Lowe Porter. It took me a long time to get to Mann but I feel in good company with him Lots influence of Poe and Conrad and clearly in company with Dineson who he obviously influenced an operatic tone ironic comic erudite and seemingly a strange mix of a 19th century feel with modern concerns and anxieties Paul Bowles and Bruno Shultz who are two of my favorite writers also claim Mann as an influence and I can see parallels in their work “Death in Venice” is a masterpiece of symbolism and foreshadowing with a sense of growing apocalyptic dread strange events odd characters the old man pretending to be young the weird smelling clown a mysterious epidemic a Dionysian dreamvision and the obsessive uest of narcissismpedophilia It brings to mind Conrad’s “Heart of Darkness” Machen’s “The Great God Pan” and “Lolita; and of course a wealth of mythic allusion “Mario and the Magician” is an eerie parable of fascism with a sinister mesmerist that reminds of character from Hawthorne’s House of Seven Gables Hawthorne troublesome parablesallegories is good touchtone for this story “Disorder and the early sorrow” is satire of the changing social order set during the Weimar republic examining the poverty and changingblurring social classes Told through the viewpoint of the history Dr Cornelius who refuses to see his era as part of history as it lacks dignity This is a plenty telling metaphor The Wagner meets Poe in “The Blood of the Walsungs” a tale with elements of the gothic and decadent and filled with opera incest and misanthropy So if you like Gogol Hawthorne Poe Dineson Dante Greek myths and drama Conrad Voltaire Bowles and Shultz; then you should like Mann And consider these lines from the opening paragraph in “Mario and the Magician”; “Luckily for them they did not know where the comedy left off and the tragedy began; and we let them remain in their happy belief that the whole thing had been a play up till the end”