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  • The real theme is fading creativity and the search for inspiration...A deep and highly complex drama of the psyche

    Financial Times
  • This complex fin-de-siecle masterpiece...seems eerily to pre-echo the destructive decadence that would shortly shatter European civilisation itself

    The Times
  • Thomas Mann's story of obsession and spiritual malaise

  • What Mann understands and laughs at, though it grips him, is the quasi-sexual attraction of beauty and philosophy...Death in Venice is one of the undisputed classics of contemporary European literature

  • Mann's obsessive story explores the complex, haunted relationship between an ageing writer and a beautiful Polish boy


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