9780802122667

Gondola

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  • ISBN13:

    9780802122667

  • ISBN10:

    0802122663

  • Edition: CD
  • Format: Package
  • Copyright: 12/9/2014
  • Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press

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Summary

Of all the trademarks of Venice, none is more ubiquitous than the gondola. In this beautifully illustrated collection, internationally bestselling author Donna Leon tells fascinating stories about this famous boat.

First used in medieval Venice as an easily maneuverable getaway boat, the gondola evolved over the centuries into a floating pleasure palace that facilitated the romantic escapades of the Venetian elite. Now a tourist favorite, the gondola has never ceased to be a part of authentic Venice. Each boat’s 280 pieces are carefully fashioned in a maestro’s workshop—though Leon also recounts a tale of an American friend who decided to make a gondola all on his own, a feat that took five years to complete. But the gondola is a work of art well worth the labor—and the barcarole sung from its prow are no less masterful. The best of these popular sings sung by the gondolieri are included on an accompanying CD, including an exclusive track from Cecilia Bartoli.

Author Biography

Donna Leon is the author of the internationally bestselling Commissario Guido Brunetti series. The winner of the CWA Macallan Silver Dagger for Fiction, among other awards, Leon was born in New Jersey and has lived in Venice for thirty years.

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