23.11.08

re-cover nr.25

Death in Venice - Thomas Mann


Picture taken in Amsterdam in 2008.

Thomas Mann was a German novelist, short story writer, social critic and essayist.

Der Tod in Venedig
(original German title), was first published in 1912 and it wasn't translated to English (Death in Venice) before 1925.

Mann's novella was adapted to
cinema in 1971 by Luchino Visconti. It intruduced Björn Andrésen as Tadzio. The feminist writer Germaine Greer used a photograph of him on the cover of her book The Beautiful Boy (2003).

"For you know that we poets cannot walk the way of beauty without Eros as our companion and guide. We may be heroic after our fashion, disciplined warriors of our craft, yet are we all the women, for we exult in passion, and love is still our desire, our craving and our shame. And from this you will perceive that we poets can be neither wise nor worthy citizens."

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