The Real Tadzio: Thomas Mann's Death in Venice and the Boy Who Inspired It

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In the summer of 1911, the German writer Thomas Mann visited Venice in the company of his wife Katia. There, in the Grand Hotel des Bains, as he waited for the dinner-gong to ring, the author's roving eye was drawn to a nearby Polish family, the Moeses, consisting of a mother, three daughters, and a young sailor-suited son who, to Mann, exuded an almost supernatural beauty and grace. Inspired by this glancing encounter with the luminous child, Mann wrote Death in Venice, and the infatuated writer made of that ...

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In the summer of 1911, the German writer Thomas Mann visited Venice in the company of his wife Katia. There, in the Grand Hotel des Bains, as he waited for the dinner-gong to ring, the author's roving eye was drawn to a nearby Polish family, the Moeses, consisting of a mother, three daughters, and a young sailor-suited son who, to Mann, exuded an almost supernatural beauty and grace. Inspired by this glancing encounter with the luminous child, Mann wrote Death in Venice, and the infatuated writer made of that boy, Wladyslaw Moes, one of the twentieth century's most potent and enduring icons. According to Gilbert Adair in his sparkling evocation of that idyll on the Adriatic, Mann wrote his novella, "as though taking dictation from God." But precisely who was the boy? And what was his reaction to the publication of Death in Venice in 1912 and, later, the release of Luchino Visconti's film adaptation in 1971? In this revealing portrait, including telling photographs, Gilbert Adair brilliantly juxtaposes the life of Wladyslaw Moes with that of his mythic twin, Tadzio. It is a fascinating account of a man who was immortalized by a genius, yet forgotten by history.

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The New York Times
The actual Moes hauntingly complements his fictional counterpart, answering questions we may not have thought to ask (like the reason for his angelic pallor or his privilege to sleep late). Adair's short book pushes deeply into discussions of the historical relativity of beauty and how various writers sought to render homosexuality acceptable in their work. He also offers new angles on Mann's narrative strategies, interpreting the factual liberties as evidence of his genius. — Roxanna Popescu
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An offbeat, engaging footnote to a standard-bearer of "gay literature, of what might whimsically be defined as 'homotextuality.' " When Thomas Mann laid eyes on the seraphic Wladyslaw Moes, a young aristocratic Pole vacationing in Venice, it was as though this vision of youth-"this sailor-suited ephebe," writes novelist Adair (Love and Death on Long Island, not reviewed, etc.)-delivered intact the entire narrative of Death in Venice to Mann. In this thumbnail biography, readers learn the fate of the inspiration for Tadzio, twined with an impressive amount of cogitation, for so short a study, on the novel's (and the film's and the opera's) dynamism-realism and symbolism, psychology and mythology, classicism and raunchiness-while taking fair measure of the story's iconic resonance. Adair swerves comfortably between the life of Moes, who suffered all the wretchedness expected for being an aristocrat in post-WWII Poland, yet remained a dandy until the end of his days, and the novella he provoked, that "catastrophic loss of dignity suffered by a great and mature artist infatuated by a very much younger object of his lust."
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786712472
  • Publisher: Da Capo Press
  • Publication date: 7/25/2003
  • Pages: 112
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 6.98 (h) x 0.36 (d)

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