Venice is a Fish

Venice is a Fish : A Cultural Guide

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Built on an inverted forest, paved with a tortoiseshell of boulders, Venice is a maze of tiny alleys, bridges and squares. Tiziano Scarpa wanders through the city, recounting the customs and secrets that only Venetians know. Beware the buckets on the Zattere in springtime: the cuttlefish inside will squirt ink on your shoes; men must be prepared to carry their consorts at high tide, all must be able to make the sign of the devil with their toes and no one should leave without playing the well-curb that sounds like a steel drum in San Silvestro. With everything from practical advice for aspiring Venetian lovers to hints at where to find the best bacaro, Scarpa waves the tourist in the right direction and, without naming a single restaurant, hotel or bar, relates the secret language needed to experience the real Venice. So ignore the street signs - why fight the labyrinth? Venice, the fish, is ready to swallow you whole.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 144 pages
  • 128 x 174mm
  • Profile Books Ltd
  • Serpent's Tail
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 1852429534
  • 9781852429539
  • 875,443

About Tiziano Scarpa

Tiziano Scarpa was born in Venice in 1963. He is a poet, novelist, playwright and essayist. He has written a number of acclaimed novels including Eyes On the Broiler and Western Kamikaze. His radio play Pop Corn, received international critical acclaim and was aired by the BBC and other European radio stations. In 1997 he won the 49th Italia Prize for his writing.show more

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