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    DescriptionPeter Ackroyd at his most magical and magisterial--a glittering, evocative, fascinating, story-filled portrait of Venice, the ultimate city. The Venetians' language and way of thinking set them aside from the rest of Italy. They are an island people, linked to the sea and to the tides rather than the land. This lat-est work from the incomparable Peter Ackroyd, like a magic gondola, transports its readers to that sensual and surprising city. His account embraces facts and romance, conjuring up the atmosphere of the canals, bridges, and sunlit squares, the churches and the markets, the festivals and the flowers. He leads us through the history of the city, from the first refugees arriving in the mists of the lagoon in the fourth century to the rise of a great mercantile state and its trading empire, the wars against Napoleon, and the tourist invasions of today. Everything is here: the merchants on the Rialto and the Jews in the ghetto; the glassblowers of Murano; the carnival masks and the sad colonies of lepers; the artists--Bellini, Titian, Tintoretto, Tiepolo. And the ever-present undertone of Venice's shadowy corners and dead ends, of prisons and punishment, wars and sieges, scandals and seductions. Ackroyd's "Venice: Pure City "is a study of Venice much in the vein of his lauded "London: The Biography." Like "London," "Venice "is a fluid, writerly exploration organized around a num-ber of themes. History and context are provided in each chap-ter, but Ackroyd's portrait of Venice is a particularly novelistic one, both beautiful and rapturous. We could have no better guide--reading "Venice: Pure City "is, in itself, a glorious journey to the ultimate city.

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    Pure City
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Peter Ackroyd
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 403
    Width: 165 mm
    Height: 236 mm
    Thickness: 36 mm
    Weight: 794 g
    ISBN 13: 9780385531528
    ISBN 10: 0385531524

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.2
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DST
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    Libri: I-HP
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    B&T General Subject: 431
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 18
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    BISAC V2.8: TRV009110, HIS020000
    B&T Approval Code: A14625400
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 945.311
    LC subject heading:
    B&T Approval Code: P25100122
    DC21: 945.311
    DC22: 945/.311
    LC classification: DG672.2 .A25 2010
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    Illustrations note
    Nan A. Talese
    Imprint name
    Nan A. Talese
    Publication date
    02 November 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York, NY
    Author Information
    PETER ACKROYD is the author of Thames; London: The Biography; Albion: The Origins of the English Imagination; Shakespeare; acclaimed biographies of T. S. Eliot, Charles Dickens, William Blake, and Sir Thomas More; several successful novels; and the series Ackroyd’s Brief Lives. He has won the Whitbread Book Award for Biography, the Royal Society of Literature’s William Heinemann Award, the James Tait Black Memorial Prize, the Guardian Fiction Prize, the Somerset Maugham Award, and the South Bank Award for Literature.
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    "Ackroyd -- the marvelously erudite and staggeringly industrious English writer -- [has compiled] an encyclopedic amount of general and arcane factual information and then [arranged] it less chronologically than thematically -- much as one might encounter it in the course of a long walk over fascinating terrain in the company of a knowledgeable but never pedantic companion. It's an experience rendered all the more agreeable by the independent turn of Ackroyd's critical imagination and lapidary quality of his prose." --"Los Angeles Times " "Peter Ackroyd fully explores one of the world's most undeniably glorious cities.... Like his acclaimed "London," Ackroyd's account isn't a chronological history of this charming Italian metropolis. The structure and style of "Venice" is engagingly impressionistic and digressive.... Magnificently crafted." --"The Boston Globe " "["Venice: Pure City"] is a swarm - a storm - of dazzling details that coalesce into an artful picture.... Ackroyd's is a glittering introduction to Venice. There is not much new that can be said about the city, but Ackroyd says it with ripeness - like those Venetian pears, only now it is the reader's appetite that is whetted. Godspeed." --"San Francisco Chronicle" "Ackroyd's marvelous book certainly adds to the allure of this magical metropolis." --"Minneapolis Star Tribune " "Peter Ackroyd understands Venice, perhaps even better than modern Venetians. "Venice: Pure City"is a grand biography of a subject that is as complicated and labyrinthine as Venice's tiny alleyways. It is impossible not to get lost there, and that is why Ackroyd may have been the best person to write such an insightful book.... He approaches Venice the way a scholar would a historical figure, because that's what Venice is. Yet he isn't locked into a timeline: He enjoys pushing the tides of history back and forth. It's an engaging technique." --"Newark Star-Ledger" "Thoughtful, thorough and