Death In Venice
Gustav Aschenbach, Tadzio
One of the earliest stories published by Mann. A homoerotic longing for a return to the eternal spring and beauty of youth, represented in his idealization of the handsome Tadzio, whom the narrator meets at a beach resort. Despite outbreak of a plague in Venice, he refuses to leave, in order to stay close to the boy to the end.
On a spring afternoon in 19--, the year in which for months on end so grave a threat seemed to hang over the peace of Europe.
Minutes passed, after he collapsed sideways in his chair, before anyone hurried to his assistance. He was carried to his room. And later the same day the world was respectfully shocked to receive the news of his death.