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  Excellent value for money. Though small in size it offers a huge amount of information on art and architecture as the title implies, but also on history and some of the traditions. Very good print, design and photos, maps of the city and of some buildings room by room. It's a chunky little book, but it lays very well in your hands. If you have the slightest interest in the lagoon city, just don't hesitate.
CLICK: Venice: Art & Architecture by Marion Kaminski
  This story of a forbidden love by German novelist Thomas Mann has long intrigued the reading public, and was his early masterpiece. A story about the self destructive potential of love, in a city of decadence. Published in German as Der Tod in Venedig in 1912 it is a symbol-laden story of aestheticism and decadence, and a somehow the self destructive power of love. Mann's best-known novella exemplifies the author's regard for Sigmund Freud's writings on the unconscious.
This edition was published in 2010, and comes in a new translation by Martin C. Doege. CLICK: Death in Venice

It is the city of mirrors, the city of mirages, at once solid and liquid, at once air and stone.
Erica Jong, Shylock's Daughter (1987): formerly titled Serenissima

The plot: actress Jessica Pruitt arrives in Venice to star in a film based on The Merchant of Venice. And one day, as she wanders through an old Jewish ghetto, Jessica is magically transported to sixteenth-century Venice where she finds herself the heroine of "Will" Shakespeare's play. Immediately attracted to the younger playwright, Jessica enters into an intensely passionate love affair that defies time and place.....

CLICK: Shylock's Daughter: A Novel of Love in Venice

  Among the emerging crime writers, Michael Dibdin gives gives life to detective Aurelio Zen, returning to his native Venice. He is searching for the ghostly tormentors of a half-demented contessa and a vanished American millionaire whose family is paying Zen under the table to determine his whereabouts-dead or alive. A mystery rich in character and deduction, and intensely informed about the history, politics, and manners of its Venetian setting.
CLICK: Dead Lagoon: An Aurelio Zen Mystery
  Newly released! The rise and fall of the Venetian empire stands unrivaled for drama, intrigue, and sheer opulent majesty. In "City of Fortune", Roger Crowley, acclaimed historian and New York Times bestselling author of "Empires of the Sea", applies his narrative skill to chronicling the astounding five-hundred-year voyage of Venice to the pinnacle of power.
CLICK: City of Fortune: How Venice Ruled the Seas by Roger Crowley

A bargain price - and quantities are limited - for this nicely illustrated hard cover book, a splendid coffee table book. The dreamlike colors of the photos, the lovely setting of Venice, the simple yet forthright recipes: this book is written, photographed and designed in a dreamlike fashion; one that is so often associated with Venice. By Tessa Kiros.
CLICK: Venezia: Food and Dreams

  My secret plan to move to Venice was ready. It was time to see if my wife would buy into the idea of leaving our home to live for an entire year in a foreign country....
And thus the journey begins - Barry and Debbie Frangipane, a middle-class couple tired of the rat race leaves it all for the lure of Venice. But can they make it in a foreign land? Read about the hilarious twists and turns their lives take during their year in the city of water, as they show us a Venice we never knew existed. The Venice Experiment is about fulfilling dreams on a journey that any of us could make - but would we?
CLICK: The Venice Experiment: A Year of Trial and Error Living Abroad
  At once the most comprehensive and the most engaging history of Venice available in English, this book will be treasured by all those who share the author's fascination with the most beautiful and magical of cities, with its crowded history. Traces the rise ot empire of this city from its 5th century beginnings all the way through until 1797 when Napolean put an end to the thousand year-old Republic. 736 pages, with 32 pages of black and white photos, 4 maps and charts.
CLICK: A History of Venice


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