Mega Dose
 
 

Special Offers see all

Enter to WIN a $100 Credit

Subscribe to PowellsBooks.news
for a chance to win.
Privacy Policy

Tour our stores


    Recently Viewed clear list


    Interviews | September 2, 2014

    Jill Owens: IMG David Mitchell: The Powells.com Interview



    David Mitchell's newest mind-bending, time-skipping novel may be his most accomplished work yet. Written in six sections, one per decade, The Bone... Continue »

    spacer
Qualifying orders ship free.
$9.95
Used Hardcover
Ships in 1 to 3 days
Add to Wishlist
Qty Store Section
1 Burnside Literature- A to Z

My Venice (AMERICAN)

by

My Venice (AMERICAN) Cover

ISBN13: 9780805048339
ISBN10: 0805048332
Condition: Standard
Dustjacket: Standard
All Product Details

Only 1 left in stock at $9.95!

 

Synopses & Reviews

Publisher Comments:

Harold Brodkey's haunting, lyrical portrait of his most beloved city.

Venice is a separate country," Harold Brodkey wrote of the fabled city that became his literary muse. "It floats at anchor inside its own will, among its domes and campanili, independent and exotic at its heart."The author's love of Venice--its churches and vaporetti, its capacity to bewilder and seduce--brought him back time and again to the shores of the Adriatic in search of fresh inspiration. Brodkey's Venice is marked by powerful contrasts: pride beside humility, the sacred alongside the profane, solemn tradition coexisting with exuberant mercantile optimism. Illustrated with eleven stunning black-and-white portraits by the legary Italian photographer Giuseppe Bruno, My Venice combines passages from several of Brodkey's great works with previously unpublished notes and essays to create a text as rich, subtle, and beguiling as the city itself.

About the Author

Harold Brodkey, who died in 1996, was the author of two novels, three short-story collections, including The World Is the Home of Love and Death (0-8050-5513-4), and a memoir, This Wild Darkness (Owl Books, 0-8050-5511-8).

What Our Readers Are Saying

Add a comment for a chance to win!
Average customer rating based on 2 comments:

Grady Harp, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
'History is a scandal, as are life and death.'

Venice, Italy has been a city of mystery, of hidden secrets, of scandals, and of the flowering of art, a city that has intrigued many philosophers and historians as that unique kingdom that floats on the sea, a city that has escaped the invasion of the the clutter of the world such as the automobile and industrial advances. Venice has produced some of the greatest artists of the world: in music (Gabrieli, Vivaldi, et al), painters (Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Canaleto, Tintoretto, Veronese, Paladino et al), and writers of the past (Goldoni, Casanova) and of the recent past and present - John Rushkin, Henry James, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Nietzsche...and Harold Brodkey. This small book MY VENICE by Harold Brodkey treasure those aspects of Venice that make it so special. The book is actually a series of excerpts from his writings (Profane Friendship, This Wild Darkness, Stories in an Almost Classical Mode, fragments from his lectures and other writings) joined with photographs by Giuseppe Bruno. The result is a book or memoir honoring a city where Harold Brodkey was born and where he constantly returned to write and to live fully in the mists and vapors and mysteries that this floating city provides.

Much of the book is devoted to first drafts of his manuscript for this last novel, 'Profane Friendship', and these fragments (thought by the editor and the author to dwell too much on describing the city rather than allow the novel to flow) are scattered with final pages of that novel and give us insight as to just how much this city meant to Brodkey. The book was published in 1998, two years after Brodkey's death from AIDS, a fact that makes passages in this memoir even more poignant. He writes 'I am dying...Venice is dying...The century is dying...The imbecile certitudes of the last three-quarters-century are dying. The best journalism of the last half-century has been leftist; which means that human nature was shown as innocent, as decent at the beginning and the end of each story. A phantasmagoria, a piety, that idea - an abdication of reality, an infinite condescension toward anything less than absolute power. Similarly, novels were fantastic - like spaceships that as a matter of course left this world. The real was forbidden.'

Nine 'chapters' of Harold Brodkey's writing are accompanied by exquisite photographs by Giuseppe Bruno of the canals, the sea vistas, the piazzas, the architectural treasures both in full view and in subtle fragments, and the sites of lonely benches along the canals that contribute to the the mood of this fine book. The editor, Angela Praesant (in a translation by Elizabeth Gaffney) summarizes the production of this volume at the end of the book: 'Harold Brodkey evokes Venice as a state of mind; as a premonition of what might remain were Europe's ancient hatreds finally quelled; as an imaginary place where to live in the moment need not preclude an awareness of history.' For those many admirers of the talent of Harold Brodkey this little book is a rare memento.

Grady Harp
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
Grady Harp, January 6, 2010 (view all comments by Grady Harp)
'History is a scandal, as are life and death.'

Venice, Italy has been a city of mystery, of hidden secrets, of scandals, and of the flowering of art, a city that has intrigued many philosophers and historians as that unique kingdom that floats on the sea, a city that has escaped the invasion of the the clutter of the world such as the automobile and industrial advances. Venice has produced some of the greatest artists of the world: in music (Gabrieli, Vivaldi, et al), painters (Bellini, Giorgione, Titian, Canaleto, Tintoretto, Veronese, Paladino et al), and writers of the past (Goldoni, Casanova) and of the recent past and present - John Rushkin, Henry James, Thomas Mann, Marcel Proust, Nietzsche...and Harold Brodkey. This small book MY VENICE by Harold Brodkey treasure those aspects of Venice that make it so special. The book is actually a series of excerpts from his writings (Profane Friendship, This Wild Darkness, Stories in an Almost Classical Mode, fragments from his lectures and other writings) joined with photographs by Giuseppe Bruno. The result is a book or memoir honoring a city where Harold Brodkey was born and where he constantly returned to write and to live fully in the mists and vapors and mysteries that this floating city provides.

Much of the book is devoted to first drafts of his manuscript for this last novel, 'Profane Friendship', and these fragments (thought by the editor and the author to dwell too much on describing the city rather than allow the novel to flow) are scattered with final pages of that novel and give us insight as to just how much this city meant to Brodkey. The book was published in 1998, two years after Brodkey's death from AIDS, a fact that makes passages in this memoir even more poignant. He writes 'I am dying...Venice is dying...The century is dying...The imbecile certitudes of the last three-quarters-century are dying. The best journalism of the last half-century has been leftist; which means that human nature was shown as innocent, as decent at the beginning and the end of each story. A phantasmagoria, a piety, that idea - an abdication of reality, an infinite condescension toward anything less than absolute power. Similarly, novels were fantastic - like spaceships that as a matter of course left this world. The real was forbidden.'

Nine 'chapters' of Harold Brodkey's writing are accompanied by exquisite photographs by Giuseppe Bruno of the canals, the sea vistas, the piazzas, the architectural treasures both in full view and in subtle fragments, and the sites of lonely benches along the canals that contribute to the the mood of this fine book. The editor, Angela Praesant (in a translation by Elizabeth Gaffney) summarizes the production of this volume at the end of the book: 'Harold Brodkey evokes Venice as a state of mind; as a premonition of what might remain were Europe's ancient hatreds finally quelled; as an imaginary place where to live in the moment need not preclude an awareness of history.' For those many admirers of the talent of Harold Brodkey this little book is a rare memento.

Grady Harp
Was this comment helpful? | Yes | No
(1 of 2 readers found this comment helpful)
View all 2 comments

Product Details

ISBN:
9780805048339
Author:
Brodkey, Harold
Publisher:
Metropolitan Books
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Authors
Subject:
Europe - Italy
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Venice (Italy)
Subject:
Venice
Subject:
Venice (Italy) History Fiction.
Edition Number:
1st American ed.
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series Volume:
v. 1409
Publication Date:
19980515
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Yes
Pages:
128
Dimensions:
7.8 x 5.3 x 0.685 in

Other books you might like

  1. Profane friendship Used Trade Paper $5.95
  2. Dr. Seuss's ABC (I Can Read It All... Used Hardcover $4.50
  3. Here We Are in Paradise: Stories Used Trade Paper $6.95
  4. Hunger Used Trade Paper $2.50

Related Subjects

Fiction and Poetry » Literature » A to Z

My Venice (AMERICAN) Used Hardcover
0 stars - 0 reviews
$9.95 In Stock
Product details 128 pages Metropolitan Books - English 9780805048339 Reviews:
spacer
spacer
  • back to top

FOLLOW US ON...

     
Powell's City of Books is an independent bookstore in Portland, Oregon, that fills a whole city block with more than a million new, used, and out of print books. Shop those shelves — plus literally millions more books, DVDs, and gifts — here at Powells.com.