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Tourism: Venice A literary guide for travellers

Tourism: Venice A literary guide for travellers
Marie-Jose Gransard

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"Memory's images, once they are fixed in words, are erased," Marco Polo said. "Perhaps I am afraid of losing Venice all at once, if I speak of it, or perhaps, speaking of other cities, I have already lost it, little by little." -- Italo Calvino, Invisible Cities Venice, 'La Serenissima', is one of the most breathtaking cities in the world. A floating labyrinth; the world's greatest museum, frozen in time; a cultural jewel, slowly sinking into the lagoon from which it rose; tourist-trap, irresistible muse. From its earliest beginnings in the 7th century, Venice has been a magnetic centre of trade and culture, wealth and power and has acted as a crossroads for an array of religious pilgrims and refugees, diplomats, crusading armies and merchants. Later, its fabled beauty and reputation as a haven for freedom of expression seduced some of the most celebrated figures in history: artists such as Durer, Bellini and Turner; writers Dickens, Byron, Kafka, Poe, Rousseau, Thomas Mann, Ruskin and Ezra Pound and composers Mozart, Tchaikovsky, Verdi and Stravinsky.In this riveting guide to literary Venice, the author uncovers the city's myriad secrets, revealing how every floating palace, gilded church and bustling square is imbued with the lives and creations of those who were inspired by the city, which still echoes with their voices.

Author Info

Marie-Jose Gransard teaches a course, 'Venice in Literature', in Cannaregio and conducts tours of the city. She has worked with Hilary Spurling on her biography of Matisse and with Anthony Holden for his biography of Lorenzo da Ponte. She divides her time between Venice and London.


‘It's certainly well written. Entertaining and well informed, you'll march through the pages...once you're done, we guarantee you'll be booking your flights and hotels to engage in your own grand tour’ - Italia! Magazine

‘excellent...what I find chiefly interesting about the book are the themes of love and death that continuously emerge’ - Roger Lewis, The Times

‘The text, based on wide reading, is crowded with unfamiliar observations…For anyone who knows Venice, and cannot keep away, it provides a delightful change’ - Patrick Marnham, Spectator

'an absolute treasure...The author has superlative knowledge of the city...she has managed to give us a text which is fresh, entertaining and informative. The use of small but vivid detail enlivens the book throughout...a true guide....This is richly satisfying book for any of Venice’s legion of enthusiasts and admirers.' – The Cultural Voyager

‘Such swathes of people and works are covered...that you can't help but make discoveries’ - Jeff Cotton, Fictional Cities

Bibliographic Info

Imprint: I.B.Tauris
Publisher: I.B.Tauris & Co. Ltd.
Series: Literary Guides for Travellers

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ISBN: 9781780769837
Publication Date: 30 Jan 2016
Number of Pages: 288
Illustrations: 8 bw integrated, 8 maps

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