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Andrea di Robilant was born in Italy. He was educated at Le Rosey and Columbia University. He is an Italian journalist and writer. In 2003 he wrote his first book A Venetian Affair. It is a biography of his ancestor in 18th century Venice based on their correspondence; and a sequel entitled Lucia: vis mere A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon was released in 2008. It was in this book that the search to uncover the identity of the anonymous rose began. Di Robilant¿s describes a pink rose that leads to an invitation to meet the doyenne of European roses, Sra. Eleonora Garlant. The question is- could this unnamed rose possibly be the long-lost Rose Bichonne, a China rose that nineteenth-century growers cultivated but which had apparently disappeared since? In 2011 he published Irresistible North: From Venice to Greenland on the Trail of the Zen Brothers, in which he analyses the claim that two Venetian merchants, the Zeno brothers, sailed over the north Atlantic in a pre-Columbian expedition to North America. (Bowker Author Biography) vis mindre
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Rome, Italy
Le Rosey, Switzerland
Columbia University



This book is great. This story is interesting to read, as most of it is told through the actual letters exchanged by the two people. I found it very easy to read, and it seemed more like a fiction novel than a biography – but it is indeed a biography. That the people in the book actually existed, and lived through the events described gave it such an intimate feel. Having their own words describe their feelings and their lives was very unique.
PurplOttr | 14 andre anmeldelser | Dec 1, 2023 |
The blurb at the back of this book makes you except a love story of shakespearian proportions.

Instead what you get is a story about two young people who has a brief relationship before she has to travel abroad and he stays behind. To continue to lead the leisurely life of a 18th century noble (drink,play cards and get involved with other women

All the while she is in France (pregnant and poor)

Its true that they knew Casanova and he figures in the plot.

But would a true friend really pretend to be able to perform an abortion?!

A more accurate title of this book would have been A Venetian Affair: A True Tale of Relationships in the 18th Century

Its not all bad though...you get to learn a little bit about 18th century Venice.

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Litrvixen | 14 andre anmeldelser | Jun 23, 2022 |
Heillandi frásögn af lífi Luciu í Feneyjum. Hún var dóttir virts en fátæks aðalsmanns sem nær þó að gifta hana í vel efnaða fjölskyldu. Í umróti Napóleónsstyrjaldanna umgengst hún náið frægustu valdafjölskyldur Austurríkis og Frakklands, þ.á m. Jósefínu keisaraynju Frakka. Merkust eru þó mikil og gagnmerk bréfaskrif hennar og Pauline systur hennar sem gefa einstakt innsæi í daglegt amstur Luciu við barneignir, fósturmissi, framhjáhald, veikindi og fjárhagskröggur svo eitthvað sé nefnt.… (mere)
SkuliSael | 5 andre anmeldelser | Apr 28, 2022 |
This book started out with so much promise. A box of love letters two hundred years old is found in a Venice family's palace attic. That alone is enough to stir interest. However, once the author starts to piece together the stories of the letters' authors, Andrea Memmo and Giustiniana Wynne, the tale becomes incessantly dull. It's a lot of back and forth. Yes, we can be together. No, we can't. On and on it goes until the reader gets so tired of this tale. Yes, the two principal characters loved each other. Of that there is no doubt. But, was that love story, with no possible chance of a happy ending, worthy of a book? I think not. Still, the snippets of Venetian life contained in the book are fascinating to read about.… (mere)
briandrewz | 14 andre anmeldelser | Mar 18, 2021 |


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