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By Andrea di Robilant

ISBN-10: 0307424553

ISBN-13: 9780307424556

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Within the waning days of Venice’s glory within the mid-1700s, Andrea Memmo was once scion to at least one the city’s oldest patrician households. on the age of twenty-four he fell passionately in love with sixteen-year-old Giustiniana Wynne, the attractive, illegitimate daughter of a Venetian mom and British father. due to their dramatically diversified positions in society, they can now not marry. And Giustiniana’s mom, afraid that an affair could break her daughter’s probabilities to shape a improved union, forbade them to work out one another. Her prohibition in simple terms fueled their hope and so begun their torrid, mystery seven-year-affair, enlisting the help of a couple of intimates and servants (willing to chance their very own positions) to go back and forth love letters backward and forward and to assist facilitate their clandestine conferences. ultimately, Giustiniana stumbled on herself pregnant and she or he grew to become for support to the notorious Casanova—himself infatuated with her.
Two and part centuries later, the unimaginable tale of this star-crossed couple is advised in a panoramic narrative, re-created partly from the passionate, clandestine letters Andrea and Giustiniana wrote to one another.

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The Seven Years’ War (1756–1763) between the major European powers would soon come to darken spirits and change the atmosphere in the city. The Venetian Republic, neutral throughout this long conflict, which put an end to French expansionism and marked the rise of Great Britain as the dominant power, was going to feel adrift and ultimately lost after the war. But until then there prevailed a sense that things would go on unchanged as they had for centuries and that life should therefore be enjoyed to the fullest.

Books, perhaps even more than paintings, were his true passion. He purchased valuable editions of the great classics as well as original manuscripts and drawings, and he participated directly in the publishing boom that was taking place in Venice. Smith invested in Giovan Battista Pasquali’s printing shop and bookstore, and together they published the works of Locke, Montesquieu, Helvetius, Voltaire, Rousseau, and Diderot and his fellow Encyclopédistes (the first volumes of the revolutionary Encyclopédie appeared in 1751).

During the season, which ran from October through May, he went to the theater practically every night. He threw himself with enthusiasm into the raucous debate that was raging between conservative and progressive critics. Though Goldoni was twenty years older than Andrea, he enjoyed the young man’s company, regarding him not just as a promising member of the ruling class but also as a possible ally in his crusade in favor of plays that were closer to the everyday life of Venetians. In 1750 he dedicated his Momolo cortesan to Andrea, telling him he hoped that together they would “rid the stage of the obscene and ill-conceived plays” 8 produced by his conservative rivals.

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