The Book of Venice

Edited by Orsola Casagrande

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With its gondola-filled canals and beautiful architecture, the ‘floating city’ of Venice is unlike anywhere else in the world. It is a city where apparent opposites intersect; at once aquatic and terrestrial, past and present, east and west, spiritual and carnal, imaginary and real. It is this mystery and mulitplicity that has long offered inspiration to writers and storytellers; from Thomas Mann and Proust, to Elizabeth Wharton and TS Eliot.


In his 1882 essay ‘Venice’, Henry James famously wrote that there “was nothing new” to be said about Venice. The short stories gathered in this anthology – each written by writers based in or from the city – challenge this notion, offering new perspectives on one of the world’s most coveted destinations.


Translated by Orsola Casagrande and Caterina Dell'Olivo.

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15 Apr 2021