The Question and Answer section for Death in Venice is a great resource to ask questions, find answers, and discuss the novel.
The writer, Gustav von Aschenbach, travels to Venice because he is suffering from a terrible case of writer's block. He believes a change in scenery will prove to be inspirational.
Mann focused on degeneracy in his work, and is famously quoted as stating that during the twentieth century, Western civilization would fall as civilized men fell prety to their "Dionysian urges." Dionysus, also known as Bacchus,...