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Publisher Comments:

Donna Leon has won a huge number of passionate fans and a tremendous amount of critical acclaim for her international bestselling mystery series featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti. These accolades have built up not just for her intricate plots and gripping narratives, but for her insight into the culture, politics, family-life, and history of Venice, one of the worlds most-treasured cities, and Leons home for over thirty years. Readers love how Leon opens the doors to a private Venice, beyond the reach of the millions of international tourists who delight in the city's canals, food, and art every year.

My Venice and Other Essays will be a treat for Leon's many fans, as well as for lovers of Italy and La Serenissima. For many years, Leon, who is a perennial #1 bestseller in Germany, has written essays for European publications. Collected here are the best of these: over fifty funny, charming, passionate, and insightful essays that range from battles over garbage in the canals to the troubles with rehabbing Venetian real estate. She shares episodes from her life in Venice, explores her love of opera, and recounts tales from in and around her country house in the mountains. With pointed observations and humor, she also explores her family history and former life in New Jersey, and the idea of the Italian man.

Review:

"Best known for her Venetian mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti (The Golden Egg, etc.), Leon turns to real life with this engaging yet overstuffed essay collection on everything from her adopted city to animals. Divided into six sections — On Venice, On Music, On Mankind and Animals, On Men, On America, and On Books — Leon muses, reminisces, and often complains about her Italian home of more than 30 years. While Venice isn't associated with cleanliness, Leon makes it clear just how dirty the city is in the bluntly titled 'Garbage' and 'Shit' (the latter of the canine variety). But in the titular essay, it's clear also that she loves the community feel and unforced camaraderie of her neighborhood, where the city's lack of cars means citizens are 'forced to walk forced to meet.' A music aficionado, with a particular penchant for the underappreciated Handel, Leon makes the arias and orchestrations come alive in 'On Beauty and Freedom in the Opera' and 'Confessions of an American Handel Junkie.' Originally from New Jersey, though she's lived and taught in locations as varied as Saudi Arabia and China, Leon takes her native country to task on issues of obesity ('Fatties'), the Manhattan male ('The New York Man'), and fear ('The United States of Paranoia'). With most of the essays running no longer than three or four pages, the volume leans a bit too much on the side of quantity (there are 55 essays), but Leon's distinctive voice is reason enough to power through." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

About the Author

Donna Leon is the author of the international best-selling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780802120366
Author:
Leon, Donna
Publisher:
Atlantic Monthly Press
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Edition Description:
Trade Cloth
Publication Date:
20131231
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Language:
English
Pages:
240
Dimensions:
7.5 x 5.63 x 1 in

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Product details 240 pages Atlantic Monthly Press - English 9780802120366 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Best known for her Venetian mystery series featuring Commissario Guido Brunetti (The Golden Egg, etc.), Leon turns to real life with this engaging yet overstuffed essay collection on everything from her adopted city to animals. Divided into six sections — On Venice, On Music, On Mankind and Animals, On Men, On America, and On Books — Leon muses, reminisces, and often complains about her Italian home of more than 30 years. While Venice isn't associated with cleanliness, Leon makes it clear just how dirty the city is in the bluntly titled 'Garbage' and 'Shit' (the latter of the canine variety). But in the titular essay, it's clear also that she loves the community feel and unforced camaraderie of her neighborhood, where the city's lack of cars means citizens are 'forced to walk forced to meet.' A music aficionado, with a particular penchant for the underappreciated Handel, Leon makes the arias and orchestrations come alive in 'On Beauty and Freedom in the Opera' and 'Confessions of an American Handel Junkie.' Originally from New Jersey, though she's lived and taught in locations as varied as Saudi Arabia and China, Leon takes her native country to task on issues of obesity ('Fatties'), the Manhattan male ('The New York Man'), and fear ('The United States of Paranoia'). With most of the essays running no longer than three or four pages, the volume leans a bit too much on the side of quantity (there are 55 essays), but Leon's distinctive voice is reason enough to power through." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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