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Deaths in Venice: The Cases of Gustav von Aschenbach

Philip Kitcher


This book provides a philosophical analysis of Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and connects the predicament of the novella's central character to Western thought's most compelling questions. The book explains that Mann's work is one of the most widely read novellas in any language. It considers both the novella and a number of other works of art that have been adapted from it, including Benjamin Britten's opera and Luchino Visconti successful film. It describes the main themes of Mann's story, in which the character Gustav von Aschenbach becomes captivated by an adolescent boy, first seen on the ... More

Keywords: Thomas Mann, Death in Venice, Benjamin Britten, Luchino Visconti, Gustav von Aschenbach, Arthur Schopenhauer, Friedrich Nietzsche

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780231162647
Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015 DOI:10.7312/columbia/9780231162647.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Philip Kitcher, author
Columbia University

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