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.


In his 1882 essay ‘Venice’, Henry James famously wrote that there “was nothing new” to be said about Venice. But the short stories gathered in this anthology – each written by writers based in or from the city – challenge this notion. The characters we meet are in mourning for a Venice that has since passed, many of them locals trying to balance their loyalty to the beloved city they’ve called home against their aversion to its descent into tourism and overcrowding. Once regarded for its beauty and its art, The Book of Venice offers an inside glance at how its population finds itself pushed to the peripheries by its visitors, the very same visitors who keep their city afloat. 


Translated by Orsola Casagrande and Caterina Dell'Olivo.


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29 Apr 2021