Acclaimed author Andrea di Robilant sweeps readers back to 18th-century Venice for a spellbinding tale of fobidden love. Originally serialized in The New Yorker, this dazzling story is based on actual letters the author's father found in the attic of the old family palazzo.
The letters describe a searing and illicit affair between the author's ancestor Andrea Memmo, a great Venetian statesman, and a beautiful half-English girl named Giustiniana Wynne. Flying in the face of morality, the couple pursued their passion with reckless abandon, offending nearly everyone, and even getting some help along the way from the infamous Casanova. In gambling dens, glitzy ballrooms, decadent salons and private rooms, the lovers thrived on their secret trysts and schemed to preserve their timeless romance.
Filled with exotic locales and steeped in international intrigue, A Venetian Affair is an utterly moving narrative of star-crossed lovers that no reader will ever forget.
|Publisher:||Recorded Books, LLC|
|Edition description:||Unabridged, 7 Cassettes, 11.25 Hours|
|Product dimensions:||4.20(w) x 6.20(h) x 2.70(d)|
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I too, liked the book, I listened to the audiobook twice and I'm reading the text now, but I still think that Andrea was a weasel and Justiniana was manipulative to the extreme. Having said this, I also believe that the two young lovers and their families were very much a product of their society, and so, their story must be seen and appreciated within the confines of 18th century Venetian affairs. The Casanova connection is an interesting one, Giacomo being the ultimate and consummate weasel, himself. In sum, for a bunch of old letters, this makes for a wonderful read. I highly recommend it.
a venetian affair was such an enchanting story. history beautifully weaved into an exciting love affain. a book i plan to read mant times. brava!