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Venetian Curiosities

Author: LEON DONNA
Binding: Hardback
Pages: 80
Pub Date: 03/05/2012
Publisher: Cornerstone
ISBN: 9780434022069
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Quick overview In a city as ancient as Venice, myths and legends passed down from generation to generation record more than just love or murder. This title 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, and more.
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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.

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