I haven’t read as much fiction as I intended, so I went for a classic that’s been sitting on my shelf for decades. A very well written character study. The protagonist, a writer, travels to Venice in the hope that it will cure his writer’s block. While there, he becomes spellbound and obsessed by a beautiful teenage boy. First published in 1912, it touches on many interesting themes, including gay desire, bodily decay, love and suffering. Deserving of all the accolades it has received.