La muerte en Venecia

La muerte en Venecia The world famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim Published on the eve of World War I a decade after Buddenbrooks had established Thomas Mann

  • Title: La muerte en Venecia
  • Author: Thomas Mann Martín Rivas
  • ISBN: 8482880305
  • Page: 367
  • Format: Hardcover
  • The world famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim.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 spiritualThe world famous masterpiece by Nobel laureate Thomas Mann here in a new translation by Michael Henry Heim.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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    1. Brilliant prose, expertly crafted, and an audacious, masterful blending of mythology, allusion and symbolism. In many ways, a work of considerable genius.Unfortunately, the story itself felt ho hum and left me cold and rather unenthused. Given this considerable dichotomy, between the me that was significantly impressed by Mann's obvious talent, and the more emotional, "enjoyment-centric" me left wanting more by a narrative that seemed dry and lifeless, I’ve resolved to revisit this work in a f [...]

    2. THE KRITIOS BOYThis is Beauty.Male human Beauty but it transcends the particular.Contemplating Beauty brings Happiness.We seek this Happiness, this complete Harmony with one’s Life.Perfect Harmony is Divine.Beauty is the Path.How to find the Path, how to reach the final goal? And in seeking, we Desire.Is Art the Artifice that creates the Divine?Goodness, Virtue, Health, Order, Perfection, Restraint, Discipline. All are required.Talent has to be wedded to Dignity. Only then is it Moral.But also [...]

    3. Odd novella about unrequited pederasty that, like so many novellas with their single themes and small casts, feels a bit overstretched. But there is reason this is still so widely read today (curious how, unlike LOLITA, the subject of this book isn't as important as the theme when it comes to criticism): the writing. Mann's marvelous turns of phrase carry the day and his ruminations on the nature of creativity stand in wonderful counterpoint to Marcel's more spiritual realization near the end of [...]

    4. Gustave Aschenbach, or von Aschenbach, as the German writer, has now been honored, at home, all is his , fame , fortune , prestiget he is alone, his wife has died, their only child a daughter, married, living far away, the man is feeling his 50 plus years, restless , unsureunhappy, he must leave Munich and geta warmer, climate south, would do, Italy, and the glorious city of Venice, above the sea, blue lagoons, sandy beaches, in a beautiful hotel, and the bright, shining Sun, spraying its healin [...]

    5. As long as we breathe, we live. We do not possess the power to embrace death at will. So, we live. And for living, we cling to a purpose. The purpose may be clear or clouded, animate or inanimate, expressed or hidden, stable or fickle but we have it nonetheless. Even the person accused of leading a purposeless life is surviving on the shredded purpose of vagrancy.So it doesn’t come as a surprise that even Gustav Aschenbach, notwithstanding the fame and dignity safely held in his bag of accolad [...]

    6. Since the piece is well known as being a landmark work of fiction regarding male homosexuality, I am not going to focus on that in my review, or on its other element that has been flogged to death as well, being the rather extreme youth (age 14) of the love object. -----Well! What a conflicting piece of fiction. The novella seems fairly divisive amongst critics, but one thing that I think most of us can agree on, is that the novella is a discomfiting piece of writing. I suspect this was so for t [...]

    7. Mesmerizing. Perfection. How I'm I supposed to go back to normal life after having experienced glimpses of literary heaven? Thomas Mann, where have you been all my life? I'm confused, perplexed. What are those feelings? Heartbreak or hangover? I'm sorry y'all, but I'm unable to utter a coherent sentence here so I'm going back to read Death in Venice again. And later I'm going to build a church and put this book in the center and worship it every day. See ya in seven years. ( is turning your own [...]

    8. "Όποιος όμως, έχει βγει έξω από τον εαυτό του, τίποτα δεν σιχαίνεται περισσότερο, παρά να ξαναγυρίσει εκεί που βρισκόταν."L'amour

    9. In each heart there are unrequited desires; desires that hibernate for years only to awaken after the last days of summer have passed into the time when "To love that well which thou must leave ere long" is the only option. While on vacation aging writer Gustav von Aschenbach beholds the beauty of Tadzio, a teenage boy vacationing with his family. After this one look he is enthralled - and cursed - to follow that path which will lead to his destruction.

    10. 750. ِDer Tod in venedig = Death in Venice, Thomas MannDeath in Venice is a novella written by German author Thomas Mann, first published in 1912 as Der Tod in Venedig. The work presents a great writer suffering writer's block who visits Venice and is liberated, uplifted, and then increasingly obsessed, by the sight of a stunningly beautiful youth. Though he never speaks to the boy, much less touches him, the writer finds himself drawn deep into ruinous inward passion; meanwhile, Venice, and fi [...]

    11. Lovis Corinth: Self Portrait as Howling Bacchant, 1905, Insel HombroichThere is a haunted dread in the eyes of this bacchant. That howl - more distress than joy. Mania, frenzy, delirium; a Dionysian letting go. This is the mental picture that furnished my mind as I read of Gustav von Aschenbach. Aschenbach is the eminent artist of disciplined control, he has based his whole career on fame, he has achieved recognition through hard graft, a hundred little inspirations that have accrued, that have [...]

    12. I find this a difficult work to review. On the one hand, I’m awed by the complexity of the narrative, its haunting imagery, the richness of the symbolism and the layers of meaning which Mann was able to give such a short work. On the other hand, a plot involving an older man becoming obsessed with and stalking a beautiful young boy is designed to make 21st century readers feel uncomfortable. Or at least, it’s designed to make me feel uncomfortable. I have difficulty seeing the Ancient Greek [...]

    13. Όπως έγινε και με τον Φίλιπ Ροθ έτσι και ο Τόμας Μαν, μου συστήθηκε ως συγγραφέας με κάτι μικρό, με μια νουβέλα.Ο Φίλιπ Ροθ με Το βυζί και ο Τόμας Μαν με τον Θάνατο στη Βενετία.Και τα δυο από τις εκδόσεις γράμματα.Μια νουβέλα των κάτι παραπάνω από 100 σελίδων η οποία μου αποκάλυψ [...]

    14. Rating: 3.5* of fiveThe Book Report: I feel a complete fool providing a plot precis for this canonical work. Gustav von Ascherbach, literary lion in his sixties, wanders about his home town of Munich while struggling with a recalcitrant new story. His chance encounter with a weirdo, though no words are exchanged between them, ignites in Herr von Ascherbach the need to get out of town, to get himself to the delicious fleshpots of the South. An abortive stay in Illyria (now Bosnia or Montenegro or [...]

    15. Oh so tragic and rather melodramaticor maybe I'm just remembering the 1971 Luchino Visconti movie version?A man longing to regain the vitality and vigor of youth, goes on holiday and turns ghoulish at the sight of a young Adonis. Death in Venice walks the line of appreciation and pedophilia. Having no problem with homosexuality, but not being down with the man-boy love thing, I cringed more than once. "Don't cross the invisible line!" I may have shouted in my head more than once while reading, d [...]

    16. On one spring afternoon Gustav Aschenbach, or Von Aschenbach as he had officially been known since his 50th birthday, sets out from his apartment in Munich. Writing had overstimulated him and he needs clarity. As with many German intellects of the early 20th century, his mind had been feasting on the classicism of his surroundings, when he came across a displeasing red-haired man. A strange emotion stirred within him, an emotion he pondered on before he later identified it as a desire to travel. [...]

    17. I bet someone could write a masterpiece by taking this book’s premise and elongating it into a fuller exploration of the child-adult love taboo. Oh, really? Oh.This book really does read like a Lolita written 40 years prior with Lo’s gender switched and a premature ending just before things get really interesting (if you know what I mean). Death in Venice is equally engrossing and sports a protagonist, Aschenbach, who’s as well developed, far more relatable, and nearly as interesting as ou [...]

    18. مرگ در ونیز شرح زندگی نویسنده سالخورده ای ست که عاشق پسربچه‌ ای لهستانی می‌شود و تا جائی پیش می رود که اعتبار و منطق روزمره ی زندگی‌ اش به چالش کشیده می‌شودقسمت هایی از داستان که با حضور خدایان یونانی و حال و هوای افلاطونی در هم آمیخته از جمله ی زیباترین و خواندنی ترین بخش ها [...]

    19. It felt rather odd reading this novella whilst the furore about Jimmy Saville has been going on. This famous/infamous novella is about a writer in his 50s who falls in love with a 14 year old boy who is staying in his hotel whilst he is on holiday in Venice. The story is highly descriptive and internal (Gustav von Aschenbach, the writer, is not a talkative chap, he doesn't even speak to his beloved, Tadzio).Mann himself wrote that he wanted to portray the passion as confusion and degradation and [...]

    20. A good book to be taught in tandem with Lolita, methinks. A literary achievement with the psychology of Tolstoy and a Greek commitment to The Story; and that is not the only thing about this book that is 'Greek'. A treatise on Death, Life, Sex, Desire, and Fear, Death in Venice is both enticing and terrifying, and for the self-same reason. Here is the face of wretched animal man, teeth bared, cloudy desperation mocking his vision. Mann's succinct and powerful images are always reversed: the raw [...]

    21. الموت في البندقية توماس مان من الروائيين الذين كنت أتهيبهم، ربما لأن رواياته ضخمة في أغلبها، لهذا وجدت هذا المدخل الصغير له، هذه الرواية القصيرة والتي كتبها متأثراً بزيارة قام بها مع زوجته إلى البندقية، هناك لاحظ المؤلف وأولع بصبي بطريقة غريبة، أيقظت في داخله حس الفنان ورغ [...]

    22. یکی از تاثیر گذار ترین کتابهایی بود که من تا حالا خوندم توماس مان عموما به نوشتن شجره نامه ویا زندگی نامه شهرت داره مانند کتاب های زندگی نامه یوسف یا یعقوب ویا خاندان بودنبرک ها که به نام زوال یک خاندان هم چاپ شده اما این رمان کوتاه مدرن نشانگر نبوغ او در عرصه رمان های سبک جدید [...]

    23. Ο θάνατος στη Βενετία είναι ένα βιβλίο για τον ανομολόγητο, απαγορευμένο, εμμονικό έρωτα, έξω από τα ηθικά όρια και τις νόρμες μιας κοινωνίας που τον καταδικάζει απόλυτα. Μυθοπλασία ή όχι, αν σκεφτούμε ότι αναφέρεται στον πλατωνικό έρωτα και την εμμονή ενός πενηντάρη για έν [...]

    24. I have reread Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice several decades after reading it in the original German in college, having in the interim enjoyed the film version directed by Luchino Visconti. My main impression of the relatively recent translation by Michael Henry Heim (2004) is that it preserves the author’s long-winded and intricate sentence structure. Unpacking Mann’s sentences is one of the challenges of reading his books. Stylistically, therefore, the translation is quite authentic. As I [...]

    25. I would probably give this book a 3.5 star rating. The language it was written in was quite beautiful and philosophical, and I liked how Mann interspersed mythology into his story. The protagonist, Gustav von Aschenbach, was quite a fascinating character who becomes obsessed with a 14 year old Polish boy who he deems as beautiful and resembling a Greek god. This book was quite reminiscent of Lolita at times, though von Aschenbach was nowhere near as heinous as Humbert

    26. برای آنکه محصول هنری گرانقدری آنا تاثیر وسیع عمیقی از خود به جا گذارد، باید ارتباط، بلکه توافقی پنهانی میان سرنوشت شخصی آفریننده‌اش و سرنوشت جمعی نسل معاصر او وجود داشته باشد.از متن کتاب

    27. Despertei a vontade de ler este livro por causa de um filme com a Marion Cottilard que nada tinha que ver com a trama de Thomas Mann. Apenas foi referido por uma personagem e cativou-me. Bastou uma das incontáveis promoções da Fnac e, em menos de nada, já o tinha em mãos para devorar. É mínimo, com pouco mais de 100 páginas e com esta capa fabulosa. Mas, vamos ao que interessa, e a história?Ora bem, todos sabemos que isto da beleza é altamente subjectivo. Mas, quantos de nós não fica [...]

    28. So dense, so lush exquisite. Mann was a genius. And to all those moral apostles pointing their finger at him through the bars of their cages of social normality - please don't judge. Judging art is like judging humanity, because art is the only form left for the soul to express itself in a world full of restrictions and prejudice, otherwise known as morality. And what a sick wor(l)d it is.

    29. I address in this review those of you here at who are young and beautiful. Please pay attention to what I have to say.When you go to the beach, in you bikini or swimming trunks, what do you do? You preen, you display your half-naked body around, hoping to catch the attention of equally-young and good looking vacationers like you. I bet you never pay attention to the old men or women who may throw you a glance or two. That is a big mistake.Here is a semi-autobiographical novel. The principal pro [...]

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