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Venetian Stories

Venetian Stories

  • Author: Jane Turner Rylands
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 0307429903
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 304
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In these brilliantly realized, linked tales, the real Venice is revealed – not the iconic tourist destination the city has become, but the mysterious society that resides behind its elegant doors and shuttered windows. With a sly and affectionate delicacy, Jane Turner Rylands, an American expatriate who has lived in Venice for thirty years, portrays a dozen Venetians– a construction foreman, a countess, a gondolier, a postman, an architect, a Baronessa, an English lord – as they pursue their respective interests. And in turn, through the perspective of those who live and work in this most alluring of cities, Venetian Stories illuminates canals and palazzos, churches and gondolas, large concerns and small rituals, with an uncommon intimacy. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Across the Bridge of Sighs

Across the Bridge of Sighs

More Venetian Stories

  • Author: Jane Turner Rylands
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 030742460X
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 368
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From the author of the acclaimed Venetian Stories, a captivating new collection about Venice from the perspective of its residents. A professor writes lectures on Venetian literature for American millionaires. A baroness falls in love with the architect restoring the ancient palazzo of her husband’s family. An ambitious gallery owner sells a young artist’s work faster than he can paint it. A salesman finds a way to trip up a narcissistic race car driver who seems to be able to get away with anything. As her characters negotiate the conflict between tradition and a rapidly changing city, Jane Turner Rylands draws us deep into a society all but unknown to outsiders. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Venetian Stories

Venetian Stories

  • Author: Jane Turner Rylands
  • Publisher: Anchor
  • ISBN: 9781400032624
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 292
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Twelve evocative stories journey into the mysterious and complex heart of one of Europe's most unusual cities, focusing on the lives and fortunes of twelve characters from different neighborhoods and backgrounds, whose destinies intertwine in unexpected ways. Reprint. 17,500 first printing.

Venetian Stories

Venetian Stories

  • Author: Jane Turner Rylands
  • Publisher: Pantheon
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 292
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An assortment of characters, from common laborers and middle class citizens to aristocrats and foreigners, intertwine in stories that portray the intricate tapestry of Venetian life.

Leggende Veneziane E Storie Di Fantasmi. Ediz. Inglese

Leggende Veneziane E Storie Di Fantasmi. Ediz. Inglese

  • Author: Alberto Toso Fei
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 214
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The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim

The Unfinished Palazzo: Life, Love and Art in Venice: The Stories of Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse and Peggy Guggenheim

  • Author: Judith Mackrell
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson
  • ISBN: 0500773963
  • Category: History
  • Page: 408
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The story of Venice’s “Unfinished Palazzo”— told through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and fascinating residents: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim Commissioned in 1750, the Palazzo Venier was planned as a testimony to the power and wealth of a great Venetian family, but the fortunes of the Veniers waned midconstruction and the project was abandoned. Empty, unfinished, and decaying, the building was considered an eyesore until the early twentieth century when it attracted and inspired three women at key moments in their lives: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim. Luisa Casati turned her home into an aesthete’s fantasy where she hosted parties as extravagant and decadent as Renaissance court operas, spending small fortunes on her own costumes in her quest to become a “living work of art” and muse. Doris Castlerosse strove to make her mark in London and Venice during the glamorous, hedonistic interwar years, hosting film stars and royalty at glittering parties. In the postwar years, Peggy Gugenheim turned the Palazzo into a model of modernist simplicity that served as a home for her exquisite collection of modern art that today draws tourists and art lovers from around the world. Each vivid life story is accompanied by previously unseen materials from family archives, weaving an intricate history of these legendary art world eccentrics.

A Venetian Affair

A Venetian Affair

A True Tale of Forbidden Love in the 18th Century

  • Author: Andrea Di Robilant
  • Publisher: Vintage
  • ISBN: 9780307424556
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 320
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In the waning days of Venice’s glory in the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was scion to one the city’s oldest patrician families. At the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the beautiful, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mother and British father. Because of their dramatically different positions in society, they could not marry. And Giustiniana’s mother, afraid that an affair would ruin her daughter’s chances to form a more suitable union, forbade them to see each other. Her prohibition only fueled their desire and so began their torrid, secret seven-year-affair, enlisting the aid of a few intimates and servants (willing to risk their own positions) to shuttle love letters back and forth and to help facilitate their clandestine meetings. Eventually, Giustiniana found herself pregnant and she turned for help to the infamous Casanova–himself infatuated with her. Two and half centuries later, the unbelievable story of this star-crossed couple is told in a breathtaking narrative, re-created in part from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to each other. From the Trade Paperback edition.

Painters of Venice

Painters of Venice

the story of the Venetian "veduta"

  • Author: Bernard Aikema,Boudewijn Bakker
  • Publisher: Univ of Washington Pr
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 270
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The Venetian Game

The Venetian Game

  • Author: Philip Gwynne Jones
  • Publisher: Constable
  • ISBN: 1472123980
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 320
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'An unputdownable thriller' Gregory Dowling 'It is no surprise to find that Philip Gwynne Jones lives in Venice... art and architecture interweave into a story that builds to an almost surreal climax' Daily Mail ***** A game of cross and double-cross in Venice, one of the most beautiful cities on earth. From his office on the Street of the Assassins, Nathan Sutherland enjoys a steady but unexciting life translating Italian DIY manuals. All this changes dramatically when he is offered a large sum of money to look after a small package containing an extremely valuable antique prayer book illustrated by a Venetian master. But is it a stolen masterpiece - or a brilliant fake? Unknown to Nathan, from a vast mansion on the Grand Canal twin brothers Domenico and Arcangelo Moro, motivated by nothing more than mutual hatred, have been playing out a complex game of art theft for twenty years. And now Nathan finds himself unwittingly drawn into their deadly business . . . ***** Praise for Philip Gwynne Jones 'Superb - always gripping, beautifully constructed and vivid' Stephen Glover 'Sinister and shimmering, The Venetian Game is as haunting and darkly elegant as Venice itself' L.S. Hilton, bestselling author of Maestra 'Clever and great fun' The Times 'The Venetian setting is vividly described... good, fluid writing makes for easy reading' Literary Review 'Un-put-downable . . . If you love Venice, you'll love this because you'll be transported there in an instant. If you've not been to Venice, read this book and then go. If you like intrigue, and a clever plot, you'll love this book' Amazon reviewer, 5***** ***** Vengeance in Venice, the second book in Philip Gwynne Jones' sensational Venice series, is available now

The Venetian Qur'an

The Venetian Qur'an

A Renaissance Companion to Islam

  • Author: Pier Mattia Tommasino
  • Publisher: University of Pennsylvania Press
  • ISBN: 0812294971
  • Category: History
  • Page: 320
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An anonymous book appeared in Venice in 1547 titled L'Alcorano di Macometto, and, according to the title page, it contained "the doctrine, life, customs, and laws [of Mohammed] . . . newly translated from Arabic into the Italian language." Were this true, L'Alcorano di Macometto would have been the first printed direct translation of the Qur'an in a European vernacular language. The truth, however, was otherwise. As soon became clear, the Qur'anic sections of the book—about half the volume—were in fact translations of a twelfth-century Latin translation that had appeared in print in Basel in 1543. The other half included commentary that balanced anti-Islamic rhetoric with new interpretations of Muhammad's life and political role in pre-Islamic Arabia. Despite having been discredited almost immediately, the Alcorano was affordable, accessible, and widely distributed. In The Venetian Qur'an, Pier Mattia Tommasino uncovers the volume's mysterious origins, its previously unidentified author, and its broad, lasting influence. L'Alcorano di Macometto, Tommasino argues, served a dual purpose: it was a book for European refugees looking to relocate in the Ottoman Empire, as well as a general Renaissance reader's guide to Islamic history and stories. The book's translation and commentary were prepared by an unknown young scholar, Giovanni Battista Castrodardo, a complex and intellectually accomplished man, whose commentary in L'Alcorano di Macometto bridges Muhammad's biography and the text of the Qur'an with Machiavelli's The Prince and Dante's Divine Comedy. In the years following the publication of L'Alcorano di Macometto, the book was dismissed by Arabists and banned by the Catholic Church. It was also, however, translated into German, Hebrew, and Spanish and read by an extended lineage of missionaries, rabbis, renegades, and iconoclasts, including such figures as the miller Menocchio, Joseph Justus Scaliger, and Montesquieu. Through meticulous research and literary analysis, The Venetian Qur'an reveals the history and legacy of a fascinating historical and scholarly document.

Siamo Foresti

Siamo Foresti

A Venetian Love Story...

  • Author: John G. Rawlings
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • ISBN: 9781539183785
  • Category: Art and architecture
  • Page: 302
  • View: 5863
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"In Venice, the locals have a special name for tourists: foresti (outsiders). Author John Rawlings and his family did their best to shed this label during a five month stay in the ancient city. In Siamo Foresti, Rawlings shares what he observed and learned after setting out to immerse himself in Venice, exploring the city by foot, one street at a time. A longtime community college professor, he became a student again, drinking in the history, architecture, art, and language around him, enthralled by the beauty and mystery of the enigmatic city that once controlled the Mediterranean Sea. A cross between sightseeing guide, travelogue, and history book, Siamo Foresti covers everything from the churches, restaurants, and waterways of Venice to Carnevale, public restrooms, and garbage boats. Rawlings's affection for Venice is contagious, and with him as your tour guide, you too will fall in love with this charming, inimitable city." -- back cover.

Ruskin's Rose

Ruskin's Rose

A Venetian Love Story

  • Author: Mimma Balia,Michelle Lovric,Ann Field
  • Publisher: Artisan Publishers
  • ISBN: 9781579651374
  • Category: Art
  • Page: 82
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A Venetian love story unfolds as readers follow the true story of historian and author John Ruskin and his journey of healing in the city of Venice in 1876. Recovering from the death of his clandestine love, Ruskin rediscovers art through the paintings of 15th-century artist Vittore Carpaccio. 60 color photos and illustrations.

Venetian Curiosities

Venetian Curiosities

  • Author: Donna Leon
  • Publisher: Random House
  • ISBN: 1448136059
  • Category: Literary Collections
  • Page: 80
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In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. They are the storehouse of a city's mores, emblems of its identity. In Venetian Curiosities, acclaimed novelist Donna Leon recounts some of Venice's most intriguing tales: an elephant brought in for Carnival wreaks havoc upon the city before seeking refuge in a church, the city employs prostitutes in an attempt to prevent homosexuality, innocent men are mistakenly condemned to death, a gambler bets the family palazzo. In an introduction and seven essays, Leon offers enchanting details and astute insights into Venetian customs of the past and present. Venetian Curiosities is beautifully illustrated and, like Handel's Bestiary, it comes with a CD. Here the music is by Antonio Vivaldi, with tracks for each section of the book, expertly played by Il Complesso Barocco. With the splendid music, the delightful images, and the perceptive, amusing words of Donna Leon, Venetian Curiosities is a harmonious exploration of one of the world's most beloved cities.

Venetian Blood

Venetian Blood

Murder in a Sensuous City

  • Author: Christine Evelyn Volker
  • Publisher: N.A
  • ISBN: 9781631523106
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 300
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To escape a failing marriage, Anna Lucia Lottol goes to Venice to visit an old friend--and becomes a suspect in a brutal murder echoing a gruesome homicide that happened decades ago. Fearful of foreign justice and hoping to prove her innocence, she gathers clues before the real murderer comes for her. At the climax of her journey, she discovers a secret that will change her life.

Brodsky Abroad

Brodsky Abroad

Empire, Tourism, Nostalgia

  • Author: Sanna Turoma
  • Publisher: Univ of Wisconsin Press
  • ISBN: 0299236331
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 292
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Expelled from the Soviet Union in 1972 and honored with the Nobel Prize fifteen years later, poet Joseph Brodsky in many ways fit the grand tradition of exiled writer. But Brodsky’s years of exile did not render him immobile: though he never returned to his beloved Leningrad, he was free to travel the world and write about it. In Brodsky Abroad, Sanna Turoma discusses Brodsky’s poems and essays about Mexico, Brazil, Turkey, and Venice. Challenging traditional conceptions behind Brodsky’s status as a leading émigré poet and major descendant of Russian and Euro-American modernism, she relocates the analysis of his travel texts in the diverse context of contemporary travel and its critique. Turoma views Brodsky’s travel writing as a response not only to his exile but also to the postmodern and postcolonial landscape that initially shaped the writing of these texts. In his Latin American encounters, Brodsky exhibits disdain for third-world politics and invokes the elegiac genre to reject Mexico’s postcolonial reality and to ironically embrace the romanticism of an earlier Russian and European imperial age. In an essay on Istanbul he assumes Russia’s ambiguous position between East and West as his own to negotiate a distinct, and controversial, interpretation of Orientalism. And, Venice, the emblematic tourist city, becomes the site for a reinvention of his lyric self as more fluid, hybrid, and cosmopolitan. Brodsky Abroad reveals the poet’s previously uncharted trajectory from alienated dissident to celebrated man of letters and offers new perspectives on the geopolitical, philosophical, and linguistic premises of his poetic imagination.

The Visitant

The Visitant

A Venetian Ghost Story

  • Author: Megan Chance
  • Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
  • ISBN: 9781503945173
  • Category:
  • Page: 327
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After she nearly ruins her family with a terrible misstep, Elena Spira is sent to Venice to escape disgrace and to atone by caring for the ailing Samuel Farber. But the crumbling and decaying Ca' Basilio palazzo, where Samuel is ensconced, holds tragic secrets, and little does Elena know how profoundly they will impact her. Soon she begins to sense that she is being watched by something. And when Samuel begins to have hallucinations that make him violent and unpredictable, she can't deny she's in mortal danger. Then impoverished nobleman Nero Basilio, Samuel's closest friend and the owner of the palazzo, arrives. Elena finds herself entangled with both men in a world where the past seeps into the present and nothing is as it seems. As Elena struggles to discover the haunting truth before it destroys her, a dark force seems to hold Samuel and the Basilio in thrall--is it madness, or something more sinister?

The City of Falling Angels

The City of Falling Angels

  • Author: John Berendt
  • Publisher: Penguin
  • ISBN: 9780143036937
  • Category: History
  • Page: 414
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Traces the aftermath of the 1996 Venice opera house fire, an event that devastated Venetian society and was investigated by the author, who through interviews with local figures learned about the region's rich cultural history.

Mediterranean Identities in the Premodern Era

Mediterranean Identities in the Premodern Era

Entrepôts, Islands, Empires

  • Author: Professor John Watkins,Professor Kathryn L Reyerson
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Ltd.
  • ISBN: 1409455998
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 286
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Defining the Mediterranean as a coherent region with distinct patterns of social, political, and cultural exchange, this interdisciplinary collection explores the production, modification, and circulation of identities based on religion, ethnicity, profession, gender, within three distinctive Mediterranean geographies. Contributors address such topics as interreligious conflict and accommodation; immigration and diaspora; polylingualism; classical imitation and canon formation; traffic in sacred objects; Mediterranean slavery; and the dream of a reintegrated Roman empire.

Set This House on Fire

Set This House on Fire

  • Author: William Styron
  • Publisher: Open Road Media
  • ISBN: 1936317133
  • Category: Fiction
  • Page: 528
  • View: 2872
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A New York Times bestseller by the author of Sophie’s Choice: Two Americans search for the truth about a mysterious long-ago murder in Italy. Shortly after World War II, in the village of Sambuco, Italy, two men—Virginia attorney Peter Leverett and South Carolina artist Cass Kinsolving—crossed paths with Mason Flagg. They both had their own reactions to the gregarious and charismatic movie mogul’s son. For the impressionable Peter, it was something close to awe. For the alcoholic Cass, it was unsettled rage. Then, after the rape and murder of a peasant girl, Mason’s body was found at the base of a cliff—an apparent suicide. He’d been distraught, the authorities said, over committing such a heinous crime. Peter and Cass went their separate ways, and never spoke of it again. Now, years later, Peter is still haunted by what he knows—and by what he doesn’t. He’s sought out Cass in Charleston for closure, and something close to the truth. Together both men will share their tales of that terrible season in Italy, each with their own ghosts—and their own reasons to exorcise them. But neither Peter nor Cass is prepared for where this path of revenge, complicity, and atonement will take them. A profound exploration of the evil that men do, and what the innocent must endure to accommodate it, Set This House on Fire is more than a byzantine murder mystery, it’s “one of the finest novels of our times” from the Pulitzer Prize–winning author of The Confessions of Nat Turner, Darkness Visible, and other modern classics (San Francisco Chronicle). This ebook features a new illustrated biography of William Styron, including original letters, rare photos, and never-before-seen documents from the Styron family and the Duke University Archives.

The Venetian Empire

The Venetian Empire

A Sea Voyage

  • Author: Jan Morris
  • Publisher: Penguin UK
  • ISBN: 0141938021
  • Category: History
  • Page: 208
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For six centuries the Republic of Venice was a maritime empire, its sovereign power extending throughout much of the eastern Mediterranean – an empire of coasts, islands and isolated fortresses by which, as Wordsworth wrote, the mercantile Venetians 'held the gorgeous east in fee'. Jan Morris reconstructs the whole of this glittering dominion in the form of a sea-voyage, travelling along the historic Venetian trade routes from Venice itself to Greece, Crete and Cyprus. It is a traveller's book, geographically arranged but wandering at will from the past to the present, evoking not only contemporary landscapes and sensations but also the characters, the emotions and the tumultuous events of the past. The first such work ever written about the Venetian ‘Stato da Mar’, it is an invaluable historical companion for visitors to Venice itself and for travellers through the lands the Doges once ruled.