Death in Venice

by Thomas Mann A Review 'Cases of recovery were rare; eighty out of a hundred of those infected died, and in a horrid way, for the disease struck with savagery and often presented itself as the most severe "dry form".' Usually regarded by scholars and critics as a novella, Death in Venice has the characteristics …

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Book Review: Measuring the World

by Daniel Kehlmann (Die Vermesserung der Welt) This novel is a double biography of two of the giants of science, Carl Friedrich Gauss and Alexander von Humboldt, fast-paced and told with irreverent humour. 'It was both odd and unjust, said Gauss .... that you were born into a particular time and held prisoner there whether …

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A Tale of Love and Death

Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué November is German Literature Month apparently - see the hosting site : so I thought I might read (re-read as it happens) one of my favourite classical German works. Despite the rather French-sounding name, Fouqué was German and wrote his 1810/11 novella in that language. English readers …

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