Death in Venice and Seven Other Stories by Thomas Mann is a 404-page paperback from Vintage Books, a division of Random House, first published in 1930, this copy is the Vintage Books edition published in September 1954. The cover has minor surface wear and a minor crease. Inside, the pages are clean but with light tanning. The binding is intact but may be dry due to age.
These stories, as direct as Thomas Mann's novels are complex, are perfect illustrations of their author's belief that "a story must tell itself." Varying in theme, in style, in tone, each is in its own way characteristic of Mann's prodigious talents. From the high art of the famous title novella ("A Story," Mann said, "of death...of the voluptuousness of doom"), to the irony of "Felix Krull," the early story on which he later based his comic novel The Confessions of Felix Krull, they are stunning testimony to the mastery and virtuosity of a literary giant.