Death in Venice, published in 1912, is a novella by German author Thomas Mann. The story follows Gustav von Aschenbach, a renowned writer who, while on vacation in Venice, becomes infatuated with a young Polish boy named Tadzio. As Aschenbach succumbs to his forbidden desires, he becomes increasingly obsessed and oblivious to the looming cholera epidemic in the city. The novella delves into themes of beauty, decay, and the inevitability of confronting one’s own mortality. Death in Venice was the adapted into a lavish film version by Luchino Visconti in 1971.