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Death in Venice

by , (Prabhat Prakashan)

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I knew of the plot of the book so I was ready to dive into a whirl of emotions. No - this is not how Mann writes. We follow the story of Gustav von Aschenbach; a middle-aged man who is at the height of recognition as an artist and basically on the verge of going downhill. He tries to find inspiration anywhere; and this has to be Venice. From the beginning; I could not sympathise with him. Because the story is told by an unknown third person; I find there is too much distance between myself and the main character. While I can read about his struggle; it felt like reading a report on some unknown soldier in a far-away land. How much more impressive it would have been had I been reading Gustav's own thoughts and fears and expectations! That was a point I was really astonished with and it triggered a bit of research into Mann's point of view: It turns out that the story of this book is based on Mann's own experience. This put everything into a new perspective: did Mann deliberately want to "tone down" the connection between Gustav and himself? Was he afraid that if he had the protagonist talk for himself; he might have revealed more than he was comfortable with? And why should he be uncomfortable?

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  • Publication Date: December 2, 2019
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
  • Lending: Disabled
  • Print Length: 76 Pages
  • File Size: 915 KB

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