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Death in Venice, California

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7 DeathVinton Rafe McCabe
Reviewed by Jed Ocot

First published in 1912, Thomas Mann’s Death in Venice is often considered the first work of LGBT literature in the modern age. McCabe’s modern retelling of the classic is a darkly comical, erotic, and ultimately disturbing look at Jameson Frame’s quest for the unobtainable. He becomes haunted by the idea that the best years of his life are now behind him, and so he moves from Manhattan to the more sun-drenched Venice. When he meets a young man, Frame’s yearning becomes an obsession as he tries to restore his youth. The Permanent Press (thepermanentpress.com). —Jed Ocot

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