• "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"