Death in Venice tells the story of Gustav von Aschenbach, a writer who travels to Venice one summer in order to overcome writer's block. Once in Venice, Aschenbach becomes obsessed with a beautiful young Polish boy named Tadzio, whom we begins to watch on the beach every day. A cholera epidemic breaks out in the city and Aschenbach dies while sitting on the beach, watching Tadzio. The book portrays fin-de-siècle decadence and presents a Nietzshean viewpoint of aesthetics.

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