Death in Venice, California by Vinton Rafe McCabe
Death in Venice, California: A Novel by Vinton Rafe McCabe is a darkly comic, highly erotic retelling of the Thomas Mann classic, in which a staid, middle-aged man of letters, Jameson Frame, finds liberation, exultation, and, ultimately, destruction. Frame escapes the cold canyons of Manhattan for the Bedouin village that is Venice, California, home to wiccans, vegans, transients, artists, drummers, plastic surgeons, tarot card readers . . . and Chase, a youth of such arresting beauty that he becomes the object, the subject, and the reason for Frame’s obsessive yearning.