The Floating Book: A Novel of Venice

by Michelle Lovric | Literature & Fiction | This book has not been rated.
ISBN: 0060578564 Global Overview for this book
Registered by indygo88 of Lafayette, Indiana USA on 10/20/2006
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Journal Entry 1 by indygo88 from Lafayette, Indiana USA on Friday, October 20, 2006
"Venice, 1468. The beautiful yet heartless Sosia Simeon is making her mark on the city, driven by a dark compulsion to steal pleasure with men from all walks of life. Across the Grand Canal, Wendelin von Speyer has just arrived from Germany, bringing with him a cultural revolution: Gutenberg's movable type. Together with the young editor Bruno Uguccione and the seductive scribe Felice Feliciano, he starts the city's first printing press. Before long a love triangle develops between Sosia, Felice, and Bruno -- who has become entranced by the verse of Catullus, the Roman erotic poet. But a far greater scandal erupts when Wendelin tempts fate by publishing the poet -- and changes all of their lives forever.
Sosia, the heartless sensualist; Felice, a man who loves the crevices of the alphabet the way other men love the crevices of women; Lussieta, whose anguish gives the story its soulful heart: these and many other characters make The Floating Book an unforgettable experience for lovers of romance, history, and the printed word."

Picked this up on a whim at a book sale, mostly because of the word "book" in the title, and also because it's about Venice. Good combination, I would hope. (hardcover)

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