It's always good to hear from
Stephanie Storey has
been in touch this week regarding my difficulty (as I reported
back in February) with getting a review read of her novel
and Michelangelo called
Oil and Marble. I
had since acquired a copy, as it happens, through a sequence
of events, emails and dubious downloads I'd decided not to
torture you with the telling of. Anyway, expect a review in
the not too distant.
And so June is upon us, a.k.a.
'The Month With No Trips'. But there's always books.
Any novel whose blurb name-checks David Mitchell and Umberto
Eco has got to be worth investigating, even if you end up
chuckling at the chutzpah. The Mirror Thief, a debut
novel by Martin Seay, also attracts attention by being set in
three Venices - the Venice Hotel in Las Vegas, Venice Beach
CA, and the real one - and involving three time periods. Expect a
review soon. No, really!
As the years go by finds of
'new' films set in Venice get fewer and further between. When
they crop up they usually have titles that don't have the
words 'Venice' or 'Venetian' in them, to explain their
slipping through the net for so long. Which is the case with
Le Cadeau, which became Bankers also have Souls
in the US and was never released in the UK. It stars Pierre
Mondy, a French comedy actor whose fame hasn't travelled well,
as a bank employee who gets given a prostitute
as a retirement gift. He doesn't realise, of course, thinks
she's just attracted to him, and all sorts of hilarious
misunderstanding ensues, we're told. I don't feel massively
drawn to it but I promise to watch it and report.
Padua & Venice
Brescia, Bergamo & Monza
Off to Brescia
tomorrow, flying to Milan at the crack of dawn, literally - a
6.25 flight fergawdsake! I'm back Sunday night, so (fingers
crossed) expect gory details and lovely photos next week. The
Rome-trip gout-afflicted toe is now almost utterly pain-free
and the cold has settled into an occasional annoying cough.
Improved health and the Spring beckon!
(For those whose first language
isn't cockney I may need to begin by pointing out that 'dodgy'
is, where I come from, a euphemism for 'illegal'.) So, having
told you a while back that I'd had no luck acquiring a review
copy of the new Donna Leon you may be perplexed to notice that a
review has appeared. This is due to my having found a dodgy
download. And the review copies I mentioned on 29.2 looked to
be in the bag but the publisher's press person, after
confirming that I would accept e-books, has gone all silent
on me. I'm not holding my breath, and advise you to respirate
as usual too.
more news here
The Mirror Thief
A Man of Genius Venice
Sheila Hale Titian: his
Life and the Golden Age of Venice
Venice: A Literary Guide for Travellers
The Waters of Eternal Youth Venice
V. E. Schwab
A Darker Shade
Claire North The Serpent:
Gameshouse 1 Venice
The Masked City Venice
Dove vai in
Nudo di Donna
Sleeping Embers of
an Ordinary Mind
The Anonymous Venetian
di Poveri Amanti
Ross King and Anja Grebe
Florence: The Paintings &
Funeral in Berlin
The Seven Noses of Soho
The Painter of Souls
Jonathan Holt The Carnivia Trilogy: 2.
Hannibal - the TV series
The Merchants of Light