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Rendezvous in Venice

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3.68  ·  Rating Details ·  41 Ratings  ·  14 Reviews
Pierre thought he knew his Uncle Charles well. He had worked with him on a daily basis for fifteen years, assisting the austere art historian in his studies. Yet after Charles' death, Pierre finds a diary in which his uncle confessed to a secret, heartbreaking love affair. Pierre's search for the truth leads him to Judith, the woman his uncle so passionately loved, and ...more
Paperback, 128 pages
Published January 1st 2005 by Pushkin Press (first published 2003)
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Jenny
May 31, 2015 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: art, ebook, netgalley, french, 2015
In finishing this book I felt a little as if I had failed as a reader. So many reviews full of praise for this little novella, about Pierre who in searching through the notebooks of his uncle, discovers a secret and sets off on a journey to shed some light on a side of his uncle he would have sworn didn't exist.

Sadly, nothing really quite sat right with me. Not the tone of the first part of the novella in which Pierre recalls conversations with his uncle while reading from his notebook. Conversa
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Andrew
Mar 29, 2016 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you love decorative art & the sacred arts of our European cultural forebears, then you will appreciate this evocation of a series of intimate relationships of like-minded people, around the respected art historian Charles, and his nephew & assistant Pierre. Some of the arch dialogue sparkles; much of the nostalgic narrative reads with the texture of an old oil painting and the triple dimensionality of a classical sculpture! (Pretentious? Moi?!). The translation by husband & wife ...more
Leo Azevedo
Jun 11, 2014 Leo Azevedo rated it it was amazing
The nurse's description at the beginning of the book is beautiful!
Great book!
JacquiWine
Jul 30, 2016 JacquiWine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I took a chance on Rendezvous in Venice – I’d heard very little about it, but all the signs were good. The wistful cover image caught my eye when one of my favourite bookish tweeters bought the novel and posted a photo on Twitter. I loved the title with its hint of a secret meeting between lovers and Venice setting (who can resist a novel set in Venice?). It’s published by Pushkin Press, a trusted and reliable source of literature. I seem to do well with their novels, so I snapped it up. Luckily ...more
Audrey Schoeman
May 22, 2015 Audrey Schoeman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Rendezvous in Venice is a short book, divided within itself into four smaller sections, each of which reads like a story on its own. In the first Pierre, a young art historian perusing the possessions of his dead uncle, with whom he worked for 15 years, discovers a notebook. In its pages the dead man reveals a long hidden side to himself; a passionate love affair with a younger woman, the discovery late in life of the exuberance of love, and a joie de vivre which the nephew had never glimpsed. ...more
Deborah Cater
Jul 23, 2012 Deborah Cater rated it it was amazing
There are times when a book comes along and it slides into your life without a hiccup, without causing abrasions, without any jarring whatsoever; it just sits down beside you, takes your hand, slips between the sheets. I've just had that pleasurable experience. Rendezvous in Venice by Philippe Beaussant hit the spot. At a time when I had been writing about Italy and the art found within it I bought Rendezvous at a charity book stall; the timing was just perfect.

It is written perfectly, each sent
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Ugh
Dec 09, 2012 Ugh rated it it was amazing
Rendezvous in Venice is a treasure of a novella. I can't really embellish on the reviewers quoted on the cover, who call it a subtle, elegant, tender, perfectly written, graceful meditation on art and the blindness of admiration.

All I will add is that a book described as the above could easily have been a poncy, aggravating, self-regarding, airy-fairy, empty excuse for a waste of paper, but in managing not to be any of those things it verges on the sublime. There is one thing I could pick at, bu
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Annie
May 27, 2015 Annie rated it liked it
Philippe Beaussant’s novella, Rendezvous in Venice, is told in four parts that circle elegantly back into each other. Pierre Voisin discovers a diary his uncle wrote before he died. Pierre thought he knew everything about his art historian uncle, but the diary reveals that Charles had a lover some decades before Pierre started working for him...

Read the rest of my review at A Bookish Type.
Mandy
May 30, 2015 Mandy rated it liked it
Pierre worked with his uncle for many years and felt that he knew him well, so is intrigued to discover after his uncle’s death that he had had a passionate love affair with a woman called Judith. He determines to uncover the truth about the relationship but in so doing finds his own life is turned upside down when he meets Judith’s daughter. A meditation on love, art and memory, elegantly and lyrically written, with a wonderful and atmospheric evocation of Venice, the novel nevertheless failed ...more
Charlie_70
Jul 21, 2015 Charlie_70 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own
A beautiful but alas very poorly translated novella (hence the 3 stars only for this edition; should have been 2,5 really.) It's as if these translators understood nothing about substantial differences of flow, sentence structures and general sensibilities of narratives in French language versus narratives in English. Should have picked up the original, instead. If you read French even a little bit, make sure you pick the book up in the original language.
Lucy
Jul 08, 2015 Lucy rated it really liked it
I received this as a galley from the publisher.

I really enjoyed this book. First of all it helped toward my goal of reading more books in translation this year, and second it was a really good read. I thought the author's descriptions of place and character were delightful. This read like short stories in part but by the end fit together nicely as a unit. A quiet but good read.
Josh
May 09, 2014 Josh rated it it was amazing
Such a beautifully written book, filled with powerful phrasing and delicate vocabulary. Many inspirational moments in this book which will make you contemplate on the subjects of art, history, life, love and the heart. Truly wonderful.

It's a book you'll read more than once!!
Teresa
Dec 07, 2015 Teresa rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2015
"There was so much melancholy that I spent the entire novel kind of vacillating between feeling the chill of a lack of emotion and being annoyed by the frequent invitations to the self-pity party" read more: http://likeiamfeasting.blogspot.gr/20...
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Un peu faible (délavé).
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Philippe Beaussant est un musicologue et écrivain français. Il est spécialisé en musique baroque française et a publié a nombre d'ouvrages sur ce sujet.
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