Each year of their 30-year marriage, Louis Begley, the award-winning author of Wartime Lies, and his wife Anka Muhlstein have spent long, enjoyable months in Venice. They write and live there and over the decades La Serenissima has become their second home. The owners of their favourite restaurants have become their friends and they share the lives of the locals, far off the welltrodden tourist track. Begley tells the story of how he fell in love with and in Venice, though as he makes clear when writing on Venice's pivitol role in world literature, he was not the only one - Henry James, Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann are only three of his most illustrious predecessors.
Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the Bookhaus
Number of pages: 176
Dimensions: 198 x 129 x 10 mm
"A love letter to an ancient Italian city by the sea . . . Both writers are exemplars of the windowpane school of prose: We are able to visualize their subjects as soon as we take in their sentences."--Mindy Aloff, "The Washington Post"
"Refreshing and delightful. Begley and Muhlstein manage to combine in one volume the innocent ardor of a first-time visitor and the seasoned appreciation of longtime lovers."--Don George, "National Geographic Traveler"
"This is an unconventional introduction that captures the spirit both of La Serenissima and of what Thomas Mann called "the slightly foul odor of sea and swamp.." . . fresh insights both from the writers who are quoted and the authors themselves: and the novella is a gem."--Andrew Taylor, "Times Literary Supplement"(UK)
"A charming collection of writing and memoirs of the most romantic of cities."--"The Daily Express"(UK)
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