This is a tale of passionate love, not only between a man and a woman but for the captivating city of Venice, otherwise known as La Serenissima.
Tracy-ann Martin's debut novel plunges us into a cauldron of spiritual warfare, it's heroine caught up in a 600-year-old prophecy which pitches the defenders of Venice against cruel and relentless forces of evil, intent on destroying it.
What begins as an innocent family holiday is soon transformed into an intense struggle for the very survival of this ancient city on its atmospheric lagoon. Here an ordinary woman finds her true destiny, aided by souls who rise from their watery graves to defend the island. will the virtues of love and laughter be strong enough to prevail?
"Taking the fire that destroyed the Fenice theatre in 1996 as his starting point, John Berendt creates a unique and unforgettable portrait of Venice and its extraordinary inhabitants. Beneath the exquisite facade of the world's most beautiful historic city, scandal, corruption and venality are rampant, and John Berendt is a master at seeking them out. Ezra Pound and his mistress, Olga; poet Mario Stefani; the Rat Man of Treviso; or Mario Moro - self-styled carabiniere, fireman, soldier or airman, depending on the day of the week." (Amazon).
'Roger Crowley makes a trustworthy and wonderfully eloquent guide ... Crowley is such a natural narrative historian, with such an eye for colourful but telling details and such a knack for dramatic character sketches, that he remains a constant joy to read.' --Christopher Hart, Sunday Times.
While strolling the misty streets of his beloved Venice in search of a good martini, middle-aged ex-lawyer-turned-artist Brigham Stone sees a man walk through a brick wall. His wife, Rose, blames the booze (doesn't she always?), but his gondolier friend, Mauro, is convinced ghoulish creatures known as “shroud eaters” have returned to Venice after a centuries-long absence.
'In Carnival of the Dead, David Hewson conveys well the atmosphere of Venice and its bewildering maze of alleys between canals. He also recounts aspects of Venetian history with verve. He captures the changing light of Venice, which his heroine Teresa Lupo sees as Turner-esque, and he describes the paintings in churches and galleries with close attention to their details...Hewson nudges on the plot as it twists and turns with incidental characters and episodes. The story is exciting.'
--Sarah Curtis, TLS.
In 2006 the photographic historians Ken and Jenny Jacobson bought an unprepossessing lot at an auction in Penrith, listed in the catalogue as a mahogany box containing 19th-century photographs of buildings and stonewark (sic). Their hunch that it might be the treasure for which they had been searching was triumphantly justified ...
Gustav von Aschenbach, a successful ageing writer, travels to Venice for a holiday. One day, at dinner in his hotel, Aschenbach notices an exceptionally beautiful young boy. Soon his days begin to revolve around seeing this boy and he is too distracted to pay attention to the ominous rumours that have begun to circulate about disease spreading through the city.
The Passion is perhaps her most highly acclaimed work, a modern classic that confirms her special claim on the novel. Set during the tumultuous years of the Napoleonic Wars, The Passion intertwines the destinies of two remarkable people: Henri, a simple French soldier, who follows Napoleon from glory to Russian ruin; and Villanelle, the red-haired, web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, whose husband has gambled away her heart. In Venice's compound of carnival, chance, and darkness, the pair meet their singular destiny. (Publisher's blurb).
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The story of Veniceâ€™s â€śUnfinished Palazzoâ€ťâ€• told through the lives of three of its most unconventional, passionate, and fascinating residents: Luisa Casati, Doris Castlerosse, and Peggy Guggenheim