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A Venetian Affair

A Venetian Affair( )
Author: Di Robilant, Andrea
ISBN:978-0-375-41181-6
Publication Date:Sep 2003
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Knopf
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $24.00
Book Description:

“Some years ago, my father came home with a carton of old letters that time and humidity had compacted into wads of barely legible paper,” Andrea di Robilant tells us as he begins this spellbinding true story of love in eighteenth-century Venice. In the attic of their old family palazzo on the Grand Canal, his father had found the love letters of their ancestor Andrea Memmo, one of the last great Venetian statesmen, to a beautiful half-English girl named Giustiniana Wynne....
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Book Details
Pages:320
Detailed Subjects: Social Science / Social Classes & Economic Disparity
Social Science / Customs & Traditions
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.9 x 9.54 x 1.18 Inches
Book Weight:1.322 Pounds
Author Biography
Di Robilant, Andrea (Author)


Andrea di Robilant was born in Italy. He was educated at Le Rosey and Columbia University. He is an Italian journalist and writer. In 2003 he wrote his first book A Venetian Affair. It is a biography of his ancestor in 18th century Venice based on their correspondence; and a sequel entitled Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon was released in 2008. It was in this book that the search to uncover the identity of the anonymous rose began. Di Robilant┬┐s describes a pink rose that leads to an invitation to meet the doyenne of European roses, Sra. Eleonora Garlant. The question is- could this unnamed rose possibly be the long-lost Rose Bichonne, a China rose that nineteenth-century growers cultivated but which had apparently disappeared since? In 2011 he published Irresistible North: From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers, in which he analyses the claim that two Venetian merchants, the Zeno brothers, sailed over the north Atlantic in a pre-Columbian expedition to North America.

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