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My Venice and Other Essays

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Donna Leon has won a huge number of passionate fans and a tremendous amount of critical acclaim for her international bestselling mystery series featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti. These accolades have built up not just for her intricate plots and gripping narratives, but for her insight into the culture, politics, family-life, and history of Venice, one of the world’s most-treasured cities, and Leon’s home for over thirty years. Readers love how Leon opens the doors to a private Venice, beyond the reach of the millions of international tourists who delight in the city's canals, food, and art every year.

My Venice and Other Essays will be a treat for Leon's many fans, as well as for lovers of Italy and La Serenissima. For many years, Leon, who is a perennial #1 bestseller in Germany, has written essays for European publications. Collected here are the best of these: over fifty funny, charming, passionate, and insightful essays that range from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate. She shares episodes from her life in Venice, explores her love of opera, and recounts tales from in and around her country house in the mountains. With pointed observations and humor, she also explores her family history and former life in New Jersey, and the idea of the Italian man.

From Publishers Weekly

Jul 08, 2013 – Best known for her Venetian mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti (The Golden Egg, etc.), Leon turns to real life with this engaging yet overstuffed essay collection on everything from her adopted city to animals. Divided into six sections On Venice, On Music, On Mankind and Animals, On Men, On America, and On Books Leon muses, reminisces, and often complains about her Italian home of more than 30 years. While Venice isn t associated with cleanliness, Leon makes it clear just how dirty the city is in the bluntly titled Garbage and Shit (the latter of the canine variety). But in the titular essay, it s clear also that she loves the community feel and unforced camaraderie of her neighborhood, where the city s lack of cars means citizens are forced to walk forced to meet. A music aficionado, with a particular penchant for the underappreciated Handel, Leon makes the arias and orchestrations come alive in On Beauty and Freedom in the Opera and Confessions of an American Handel Junkie. Originally from New Jersey, though she s lived and taught in locations as varied as Saudi Arabia and China, Leon takes her native country to task on issues of obesity ( Fatties ), the Manhattan male ( The New York Man ), and fear ( The United States of Paranoia ). With most of the essays running no longer than three or four pages, the volume leans a bit too much on the side of quantity (there are 55 essays), but Leon s distinctive voice is reason enough to power through.
My Venice and Other Essays
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  • Category: Essays & Memoirs
  • Published: Dec 03, 2013
  • Publisher: Grove/Atlantic, Inc.
  • Seller: The Perseus Books Group, LLC
  • Print Length: 240 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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