“Solitude gives birth to the original in us, to beauty unfamiliar and perilous—to poetry”
Author: Paul Thomas Mann (6 June 1875 – 12 August 1955)
Tone: Ironic, Philosophical
Setting: Venice and Munich
Themes: Lust | Foreignness | Literature and Writing | Mortality
Main Characters in Death in Venice
Gustav Von Aschenbach –
An aging writer, honorable, and repressed, of high public status in Germany.
An intensely beautiful Polish boy of about fourteen.
Tadzio’s closest companion at the hotel.
Famous Quotes in Death in Venice
- “It was an urge to escape. This desire for liberation, for unburdening and oblivion-an urge to leave behind his work.”
- “He was afraid of the summer in the country, alone in the little house.”
- “Aschenbach has only lived like this’—and the speaker closed the fingers of his left hand into a tight fist.”
- “It was the smile of Narcissus bending over his reflection in the water.”