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For many years Donna Leon, acclaimed for her bestselling mystery series featuring Venetian Commissario Guido Brunetti, has written essays for European publications. Collected here are over fifty of her best: funny, charming, passionate, and insightful essays in which she shares episodes from her life in Venice, her love of opera, tales from in and around her country house in the mountains, and offers observations on the idea of the Italian man.
Alfred A. Knopf
"The acclaimed author of A Venetian Affair now gives us the remarkable story of Hemingway's love affair with both the city of Venice and the muse he found there--a vivacious 18-year-old who inspired the man thirty years her senior to complete his great final work. In the fall of 1948 Hemingway and his fourth wife traveled for the first time to Venice, which Hemingway called "absolutely god-damned wonderful." He was a year shy of his fiftieth birthday...
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