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Irresistible North

From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers

Irresistible North( )
Author: Di Robilant, Andrea
ISBN:978-0-307-26985-0
Publication Date:May 2011
Publisher:Knopf Doubleday Publishing Group
Imprint:Knopf
Book Format:Hardback
List Price:USD $25.95
Book Description:

From the author of A Venetian Affair and Lucia comes a charming odyssey in the path of the mysterious Zen brothers, who explored parts of the New World a century before Columbus, and became both a source of scandal and a cause célèbre among geographers in the following centuries. This delightful journey begins with Andrea di Robilant’s serendipitous discovery of a travel narrative published in Venice in 1558 by the Renaissance statesman Nicolò Zen: the...
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Book Details
Pages:240
Detailed Subjects: Biography & Autobiography / Adventurers & Explorers
History / Expeditions & Discoveries
Physical Dimensions (W X L X H):5.91 x 9.6 x 0.95 Inches
Book Weight:1.06 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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