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My Venice

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  26 ratings  ·  5 reviews
Harold Brodkey first visited Venice in 1960, and his love of the city - its churches and vaporetti, its capacity to bewilder and seduce - brought him back time and again to the shores of the Adriatic in search of fresh inspiration. Brodkey's Venice is a city marked by powerful contrasts: solemn, fatalistic religiosity alongside exuberant mercantile optimism; pride beside h ...more
Hardcover, 111 pages
Published May 15th 1998 by Metropolitan Books (first published 1997)
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'History is a scandal, as are life and death.'

Venice, Italy has been a city of mystery, of hidden secrets, of scandals, and of the flowering of art, a city that has intrigued many philosophers and historians as that unique kingdom that floats on the sea, a city that has escaped the invasion of the the clutter of the world such as the automobile and industrial advances. Venice has produced some of the greatest artists of the world: in music (Gabrieli, Vivaldi, et al), painters (Bellini, Giorgione
Some interesting, adn short little musings. I liked it.
Rom Alejandro
It's best not to go into this book expecting writing like Brodkey's short stories. Not much narrative here (except for one chapter) as these are mostly notes, thoughts, and rough drafts. Thus, Brodkey focuses on the ambiance of Venice. His language surrounds you in a misty haze that if you sit in for a while slowly dissipates into a very personal and significant idea.
Ankelchen Newrat
The almost picturesque description of Venice at the beginning alone makes this book worth reading.

The book makes curious on Venice, the author, age, your own perception ...

I'll definitely read more of Harold Brodkey!
Mar 25, 2009 Melody rated it 2 of 5 stars
Recommended to Melody by: Mary Ann
Unpublished notes and passages about Venice. Felt a little disjointed to me. I was expecting to be swept into the spell of the canals and vaporetto but I just got a glimpse from the plane.
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Harold Brodkey was born into a Mid-Western Jewish family, moving to New York and coming to prominence as a writer in the early 1950s. During the following four decades, he established himself as a modern master of short fiction. He contracted the AIDS virus and died in 1996. Some of his books were published posthumously.
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