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Thomas Mann
German novelist
(1875-1955)



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But of course! When one wanted to arrive overnight at the incomparable, the fabulous, the like-nothing-else-in-the-world, where was it one went?
-- Death in Venice, London: Penguin, 1955, p.20; translated from Der Tod in Venedig (1912)

He saw it once more, that landing place that takes the breath away, that amazing group of incredible structures the Republic set up to meet the awe-struck eye of the approaching seafarer: the airy splendour of the palace and Bridge of Sighs, the columns of lion and saint on the shore, the glory of the projecting flank of the fairy temple, the vista of gateway and clock. Looking, he thought that to come to Venice by the station is like entering a palace by the back door. No one should approach, save by the high seas as he was doing now, this most improbable of cities.
-- Death in Venice, London: Penguin, 1955, p.24; translated from Der Tod in Venedig (1912)

Is there anyone but must repress a secret thrill, on arriving in Venice for the first time - or returning thither after long absence - and stepping into a Venetian gondola?
-- Death in Venice, London: Penguin, 1955, p.25; translated from Der Tod in Venedig (1912)


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