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Venice

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In this magnificent vision of Venice, Peter Ackroyd turns his unparalleled skill at evoking place from London and the River Thames, to Italy and the city of myth, mystery and beauty. 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 a trading empire, the wars against Napoleon and the tourist invasions of today. There are wars and sieges, scandals and seductions, fountains playing in deserted squares and crowds thronging the markets. And there is a dark undertone too, of shadowy corners and dead ends, prisons and punishment. We could have no better guide to this most exceptional of cities - reading Ackroyd's Venice is, in itself, a glorious journey and the perfect holiday.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 512 pages
  • 128 x 198 x 38mm | 399.16g
  • Vintage Publishing
  • VINTAGE
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • Illustrations (some col.), maps (some col.)
  • 0099422565
  • 9780099422563
  • 73,724

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"Yet another wonderful biography of a city" -- Lesley McDowell The Independent on Sunday "He is brilliant on beginnings... Ackroyd covers an immense amount of ground with verve and elegance" Independent on Sunday "Ackroyd tells the story well...where he excels is in his descriptions...he writes beguilingly" Guardian "Ackroyd is hugely intelligent and formidably industrious; there can be few people, Venetian or foreign, who know Venice better than he... It is full of good things" Daily Telegraph "Elegant... Interweaving psychogeographical investigation with history, picking out defining characteristics which were present from its earliest days" Scotsmanshow more

About Peter Ackroyd

Peter Ackroyd is an award-winning historian, biographer, novelist, poet and broadcaster. He is the author of the acclaimed non-fiction bestsellers London: The Biography, Thames: Sacred River and London Under; biographies of figures including Charles Dickens, William Blake, Charlie Chaplin and Alfred Hitchcock; and a multi-volume history of England. He has won the Whitbread Biography Award, 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 Prize for Literature. He holds a CBE for services to literature.show more

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'Ackroyd is hugely intelligent and formidably industrious; there can be few people, Venetian or foreign, who know Venice better than he... It is full of good things' Daily Telegraph 'Elegant... interweaving psychogeographical investigation with history, picking out defining characteristics which were present from its earliest days' Scotsman In this sumptuous vision of Venice, Peter Ackroyd turns his unparalleled skill at evoking a sense of place to Italy and the city of myth, mystery and beauty. 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 a trading empire, the wars against Napoleon and the tourist invasions of today. There are wars and sieges, scandals and seductions, fountains playing in deserted squares and crowds thronging the markets. And there is a dark undertone too, of shadowy corners and dead ends, prisons and punishment. We could have no better guide to this most exceptional of cities - reading Ackroyd's Venice is, in itself, a glorious journey and the perfect holiday. 'He is brilliant on beginnings... Ackroyd covers an immense amount of ground with verve and elegance' Independent on Sundayshow more

Review Text

"Yet another wonderful biography of a city"show more

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