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In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters--each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits there (Brodsky spent his winters in Venice for nearly 20 years)--Watermark associatively and brilliantly evokes one city's architectural and atmospheric character. In doing so, the book also reveals a subject--and an author--readers have never before seen.

Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.

In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters--each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits there (Brodsky spent his winters in Venice for nearly 20 years)--Watermark associatively and brilliantly evokes one city's architectural and atmospheric character. In doing so, the book also reveals a subject--and an author--readers have never before seen.

We read Watermark enraptured by its gallant attempt to distill a precious meaning from life's experience--to make a spot on a globe a window into universal circumstance, and to fashion of one's personal chronic tourism a crystal whose factes reflect an entire life, with exile and ill health glinting at the edges of planes whose direct glare is sheer beauty.--John Updike, The New Yorker

Praising Venice and its architecture as a triumph of the visual, the Nobel laureate uses his visits there as a touchstone to meditate on life's unpredictability, and on the appetite for beauty, death, myth, and modern art . . . In his wayward forays amid canals, streets, and cathedrals barnacled with saints, the eternal Venice shimmers through the fog, battered yet resplendent.--Publishers Weekly

Brodsky's description of his 'version of Paradise' has all the vividness and associative brilliance of a lyric poem . . . Watermark is a gracefully idiosyncratic work, one that obliquely mingles the author's own self-portrait with that of 'this Penelope of a city, weaving her patterns by day and undoing them by night, with no Ulysses in sight. Only the sea.'--James Marcus, The New York Times Book Review

This is a] short prose-exercise by Nobelist Brodsky about Venice, his many wintertime trips there, and the city's] enchantment and ironies and visual splendors. Brodsky has piquant ideas about space and time (see his Less Than One) that lend interesting angles to his Venice-for-visitors: ideas about water, light, and brick ('an alternative order of flesh, not raw of course, but scarlet and made up of small, identical cells. Yet another of the species' self-portraits at the elemental level, be it a wall or a chimney'). He finds himself one evening in the company of Olga Rudge, Ezra Pound's companion, which engenders a wonderfully European assessment of Pound: 'For someone with such a long record of residence in Italy, it was odd that he hadn't recognized that beauty can't be targeted, that it is always a by-product of other, often very ordinary pursuits.' Brodsky writes poetically of winter light: 'And the city lingers in it, savoring its touch, the caress of the infinity whence it came. An object, after all, is what makes infinity private.' When he's setting up to make aphorisms like this, Brodsky sails along.--Kirkus Reviews

Synopsis:

In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters--each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits there (Brodsky spent his winters in Venice for nearly 20 years)--Watermark associatively and brilliantly evokes one city's architectural and atmospheric character. In doing so, the book also reveals a subject--and an author--readers have never before seen.

Synopsis:

In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters—each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits there (Brodsky spent his winters in Venice for nearly 20 years)—Watermark associatively and brilliantly evokes one city's architectural and atmospheric character. In doing so, the book also reveals a subject—and an author—readers have never before seen.

About the Author

Joseph Brodsky (1940-96) came to the United States in 1972, an involuntary exile from the Soviet Union. He received the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1987 and served as Poet Laureate of the United States in 1991 and 1992.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780374523824
Author:
Brodsky, Joseph
Publisher:
Farrar Straus Giroux
Subject:
General
Subject:
Description and travel
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Essays & Travelogues
Subject:
Venice (Italy)
Subject:
General Literary Criticism & Collections
Subject:
Travel Writing-General
Subject:
Essays
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Publication Date:
19930631
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
144
Dimensions:
7.72 x 5.06 x 0.395 in

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"Synopsis" by , In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters--each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits there (Brodsky spent his winters in Venice for nearly 20 years)--Watermark associatively and brilliantly evokes one city's architectural and atmospheric character. In doing so, the book also reveals a subject--and an author--readers have never before seen.
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In this brief, intense, gem-like book, equal parts extended autobiographical essay and prose poem, Brodsky turns his eye to the seductive and enigmatic city of Venice. A mosaic of 48 short chapters—each recalling a specific episode from one of his many visits there (Brodsky spent his winters in Venice for nearly 20 years)—Watermark associatively and brilliantly evokes one city's architectural and atmospheric character. In doing so, the book also reveals a subject—and an author—readers have never before seen.

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