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A Cultural History

Published by Interlink Books
Distributed by Simon & Schuster

About The Book

Established on its many islands by Roman refugees, the heart of a maritime empire, a republic for a thousand years, Venice has always been distinct from the rest of Italy - and from anywhere else. It's unique light and hundreds of canals, palaces and churches - from mosaic-encrusted Byzantine to harmonious Palladian - have attracted visitors, painters and writers as diverse as Turner, Proust and Pound. Historically celebrated for its wealth and independence of mind, the city has also become a byword for beauty and decadence. Martin Garrett explores the extraordinary history and architecture of Venice and the islands of the lagoon. Looking at the legacy of the city's Jewish, Greek, Slav, and Armenian minorities, he recalls the exploits of such legendary figures as Casanova and Byron. He also examines Venice's rich traditions in opera, drama and painting, reflecting the city's historic role as a great cultural magnet.

About The Author

Martin Garrett has published widely on Renaissance, Romantic and Victorian literature. His undergraduate and doctoral studies were at St. Edmund Hall in the University of Oxford. He lived in the city for many years.

Product Details

  • Publisher: Interlink Books (March 1, 2001)
  • Length: 256 pages
  • ISBN13: 9781566563697

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