December in Venice
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Like any enduring literary figure, Gustav von Aschenbach is both of his time and beyond it....
By finetuning certain details, by reconsidering word choices, Michael Henry Heim's translation achieves a startling effect. It rescues Aschenbach from the realm of the cautionary and places him where he belongs, in the pantheon of fictive men and women whose impossible yearnings make them as deeply human as characters can be....
Here we have an Aschenbach who is harder to dismiss, whose fate is larger and nobler, if not exactly more comforting.
Here is an Aschenbach who is more clearly and unavoidably all of us, who wants more than life is willing to provide, whose defeat is so bound up with his heroism that the two can't be easily separated.
- Michael Cunningham, 2004