Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
the second part is better
The book is divided in two sections and the protagonist almost seems a different person in the second part. The Venice story is inconsequential to the second, which moving to Varanasi, follows a thread that will lead to the inevitable end. Even
though I found the difference between the person Jeff was in Venice and the one he was when arriving in India a bit too stark, I liked watching Jeff losing parts of oneself bit by bit, following a flow of change from which is very hard to go back.
Not having read Death in Venice by Mann I could not see how it inspired this book, and what in this book echoed the first.