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Vaporetto 13 (Paperback)

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Paperback 197 Pages / Published: 16/07/1998
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Jack Squire is a successful currency trader on business in Venice. Haunted by recent events in his life, he takes to walking the streets at midnight. He meets the ethereal Caterina, a woman who seems to bear the sadness of centuries, who eventually changes his view of life and of death.

Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton General Division
ISBN: 9780340707180
Number of pages: 197
Weight: 166 g
Dimensions: 198 x 130 x 11 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'With mystical elements of Catholicism planted with in the harsh ground of reality, Girardi's fiction never fails to bear fruit. Here, he creates a strong, fast-paced plot in which his characters, searching for their true callings, invariably lose parts of themselves... The book moves at a swift pace within its evocative setting' - Publishers Weekly
'Shows that there's a lot of life left in the unliving... Girardi suffuses his narrative with rich descriptions of the food, fashion, traditions and architecture of Venice. With this artful novel, he invites us to put aside our rational skepticism and enter a world where the past is still hauntingly present' - The New York Times Book Review
'Evocative story of love and self-discovery' - She

'The sumptuous evocations of a city steeped in history and religion starkly contrast with the sterility of the American retirement village where Jack visits his father. Girardi elevates the commonplace theme of spirituality versus Mammon into a haunting fantasy'
- Literary Review


'Jack's descent into Caterina's nocturnal world of masked revels and bloated, weary revenants is elegant and elegaic, never kitsch, and there are moments of real unease. This is a satisfying, traditional ghost story with all the frills' - Independent on Sunday
'Stylishly done, his writing is atmospheric, literate and relishable; and he writes so well about Venice you could forgive him almost anything' - The Sunday Times
'Girardi's stories operate at the fringes of their genre, where actualized metaphor blurs into merely improbable realism; he has a good eye for the details which make the supernatural or flamboyant probable . . . The sense of the gradual meltdown of [Jack's] life is precisely handled . . . and the timeless arbitrary manners of Caterina are compellingly strange. There are moments of closely imagined strangeness . . . The clinching revelation . . . has an authentically eerie bristle about it' - The Times Literary Supplement
'Girardi writes evocatively, and this ghostly book is likeable' - Guardian

'Girardi maintains the suspense with deft confidence. Jack's pursuit of his elusive lover leads us to a chilling and thrilling conclusion'
- The Times


' Gently building a hypnotic haunting atmosphere, this is a truly lovely book from an author I much admire. Seek out his two earlier works - they are even better, particularly MADELEINE'S GHOST' - Sarah Broadhurst, ?

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