Death in Venice

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Death in Venice is a 1912 novella written by German author Thomas Mann (original title Der Tod in Venedig). The story is about an aged author who travels to Venice and falls in love with a stunningly good-looking aristocratic fourteen-year-old boy, to whom he never speaks.

The novella is highly autobiographical: while holidaying in Venice, thirty-seven-year-old Mann, a married father, had crushed from afar on a ten-year-old Polish aristocrat, Wladyslaw Moes. Luchino Visconti adapted the novella into a film in 1971 and Benjamin Britten adapted it into an opera in 1973.

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