The Floating Book

The Floating Book : A Novel of Venice

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1468. The young brothers Wendelin and Johann von Speyer make the tortuous journey across the Alps to the fabled city of Venice. There, in a fondaco on the edge of the Grand Canal, they introduce the spark and tinder of a cultural revolution: Gutenberg's movable type. Across the canal, a beautiful yet heartless Dalmatian woman named Sosia Simeon is making her mark on the city, driven by a dark compulsion to steal pleasure with men from all walks of life. Before long, a love triangle develops between Sosia, the perverse, charismatic scribe Felice Feliciano, and the young editor Bruno Uguccione - who has become entranced by the verse of Catullus, the erotic Roman poet. With competition at his heels, Wendelin accepts his wife Lussieta's advice and tempts the fates by publishing the first printed edition of Catullus - a move that will enrage the church, scandalize the city, and change all their lives forever.Sosia, the cruel sensualist scarred by lifelong bitterness; Felice, who loves the crevices of the alphabet the way other men love the crevices of women; Lussieta, whose anguish over her faltering marriage gives the story its soulful heart: Their voices, and that of the desperate young Catullus himself, are woven by Michelle Lovric into an illuminated and lyrical narrative.
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  • Hardback | 496 pages
  • 161.5 x 234.7 x 38.6mm | 780.19g
  • United States
  • English
  • 0060578564
  • 9780060578565

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