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Venice: The Lion, the City and the Water

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By Cees Nooteboom

For Nooteboom, Venice is above all a city of spirits, memories and stories, and his beguiling book – well served by Laura Watkinson’s free-flowing translation – is a leisurely examination of an entrancement that has deepened with each visit, over the course of half a century. — Jonathan Buckley ― Times Literary Supplement

His writing is lyrical and densely textured. He is a poet of time and memory. — Colin Thubron

 

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Venice: The Lion, the City and the Water

With this treasury of his time spent in Venice over a period of fifty-five years, Nooteboom makes himself the indispensable companion for all lovers of “the sailing, amphibious city”, and for every new visitor.

Because he is a master storyteller with an inexhaustible curiosity, and always with a suitcase of books (to which new discoveries are added), he brings vividly and poetically to life not only the tumultuous history of the Republic but along the way its doges, its villains, its heroes, its magnificent painters, its architects, its scholars, its skies, its canals and piazzas and alleyways, and on his expeditions its “bronze voices of time”.

Those who know and love this city and its literature will recognise Nooteboom – in Laura Watkinson’s fine translation – as the dazzling heir and companion to Montaigne, Thomas Mann, Rilke, Ruskin, Proust, Brodsky, and Donna Leon. His homage to Venice is a generous introduction, learned and enchanting, and worthy of its magnificent subject.

About the Author

Cees Nooteboom was born in The Hague in 1933, and now lives in Amsterdam and on the island of Minorca. He is a poet and novelist who has been the recipient of numerous prestigious awards such as the Pegasus Prize and the Aristeion Prize for his novels, which include Rituals (1983), The Following Story (1994), and All Souls’ Day (2001). His books of travel writing, Roads to Santiago (1997) and Roads to Berlin (2012) have become backlist classics.

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Weight 0.45 kg
Dimensions 13 × 3.5 × 19.7 cm

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