Death in Venice
by Thomas Mann
“Classic” books can be creeeeeppppyyy. This was definitely the case for Death in Venice.
The novel is slim, my Dover “Thrift Edition” less than 70 pages. Still, it wasn’t a fun read. The plot follows a famous author as he goes on vacation to Venice, becoming obsessed with a fourteen year old boy staying at his hotel. Ew. Sounds like the prelude to a “Law and Order: SVU” episode.
While I wasn’t thrilled with the subject material, Mann is a beautiful writer. Not a surprise, he is a Nobel Laureate!