Death in Venice (1913) by Thomas Mann is another short classic book. It’s a book of few pages that has had great acclaim and has been made in to a film.
It follows Aschenbach, an aging German author who makes a trip to Venice and sees a very handsome young man with whom he falls in love before the title of the book is followed. But to reveal the plot is to reveal little of the book. The skill of the writing and the engagement of ideas is what sets the novella apart.