Death In Venice
"There is nothing more curious or delicate than a relationship between people who know each other only by sight, who encounter and observe each other daily—nay, hourly—yet are constrained by convention or personal caprice to keep up the pretense of being strangers, indifferent, avoiding a nod or word."
Death in Venice and Other Stories (paperback by Vintage Books) is a collection of seven short stories written by Thomas Mann. Death In Venice was published in 1912 and tells the story of Gustave Von Aschenbach, a successful ageing writer, who travels to Venice for a summer holiday. During his stay, he notices an exceptionally beautiful young boy who's there on vacation with his family...
Should you want to find out more about this book, here's the video where I talk about it: