Moopy Book Club (December): Thomas Mann - "Death in Venice"

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  1. Suedey

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    From goodreads.com:

    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 ageing 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."
     
  2. jivafox

    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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  3. Mats

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    it seems the portrayal of Aschenbach varies a good deal from translation to translation so y'all might wanna coordinate and get the same one...
     
  4. Beverley

    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I'll take a look at home and see which copy I have
     
  5. RaspberrySwirl

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    I’ve ordered my copy but don’t know which translation. Does it differ much? Should I read it in Swedish instead?

    By the way, I have no idea what this is about, I like to start reading without knowing anything.
     
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    jivafox Stay sexy don’t get murdered

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    I have found an online PDF of the Michael Henry Heim (the best apparently) translation if anybody needs.
     
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    Beverley I Don't Wanna Change A THI-ING

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    I have the David Luke one (I think - I forgot almost instantly after going downstairs to look and I'm not going down again!)
     

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