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Venice: A Literary Guide for Travellers (Literary Guides for Travellers)

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"Memory's images, once they are fixed in words, are erased," Marco Polo said. "Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it, or perhaps, speaking of other cities, I have already lost it, little by little." -- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Venice, 'La Serenissima', is one of the most breathtaking cities in the world. A floating labyrinth; the world's greatest museum, frozen in time; a cultural jewel, slowly sinking into the lagoon from which it rose; tourist-trap, irresistible muse. From its earliest beginnings in the 7th century, Venice has been a magnetic centre of trade and culture, wealth and power and has acted as a crossroads for an array of religious pilgrims and refugees, diplomats, crusading armies and merchants. Later, its fabled beauty and reputation as a haven for freedom of expression seduced some of the most celebrated figures in history: artists such as Durer, Bellini and Turner; writers Dickens, Byron, Kafka, Poe, Rousseau, Thomas Mann, Ruskin and Ezra Pound and composers Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Stravinsky. In this riveting guide to literary Venice, the author uncovers the city's myriad secrets, revealing how every floating palace, gilded church and bustling square is imbued with the lives and creations of those who were inspired by the city, which still echoes with their voices.
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ISBN-13: 9781788318839
ISBN-10: 1788318838
Pagini: 336
Ilustrații: 30 bw integrated, 1 map
Dimensiuni: 129 x 198 x 19 mm
Greutate: 0.28 kg
Editura: Bloomsbury Publishing
Colecția Tauris Parke
Seria Literary Guides for Travellers

Locul publicării: London, United Kingdom

Notă biografică

Marie-José Gransard teaches a course, 'Venice in Literature', in Cannaregio and conducts tours of the city. She has worked with Hilary Spurling on her biography of Matisse and with Anthony Holden for his biography of Lorenzo da Ponte. She divides her time between Venice and London.


ContentsList of IllustrationsPreface AcknowledgementsMapIntroduction1Faith, Art and Politics2Haven and Inspiration3Illusion and Disillusion4Grand Tour5Lust and Love6Death and Mystery7Epilogue GlossaryPeople and PlacesChronologyFurther ReadingIndex