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The Birth of Venus A Novel (Hardcover)

Author:  Sarah Dunant
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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 1400060737
ISBN-13: 9781400060733
Sku: 33928279
Publish Date: 4/10/2007
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.5L x 1.75T
Pages:  397
Age Range:  NA
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No one had seen her naked until her death. (from the first line)
"The Birth of Venus" is a tour de force from one of Britain's most innovative thriller writers. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a remarkable heroine with the same vibrancy as her beloved city.
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Turning fifteen in Renaissance Florence, Alessandra Cecchi becomes intoxicated with the works of a young painter whom her father has brought to the city to decorate the family's Florentine palazzo, a situation that is complicated by her unwanted arranged marriage to an older man and a battle between the Medici family and the fundamentalist followers of Savonarola. 75,000 first printing.Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from northern Europe to decorate the chapel walls in the family's Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painter's abilities.|But their burgeoning relationship is interrupted when Alessandra's parents arrange her marriage to a wealthy, much older man. Meanwhile, Florence is changing, increasingly subject to the growing suppression imposed by the fundamentalist monk Savonarola, who is seizing religious and political control. Alessandra and her native city are caught between the Medici state, with its love of luxury, learning, and dazzling art, and the hellfire preaching and increasing violence of Savonarola's reactionary followers. Played out against this turbulent backdrop, Alessandra's married life is a misery, except for the surprising freedom it allows her to pursue her powerful attraction to the young painter and his art.
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In 15th-century Florence, a young woman named Alessandra welcomes an arranged marriage to a cultured man over 30 years her senior because he promises her the freedom to pursue her painting. But the deal is not quite what she imagined. As Florence falls increasingly under the sway of Savanarola, Alessandra begins an affair with another young artist--and the city's violence and chaos lead the characters to the brink of disaster.

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New Yorker
"Part feverish thriller, part historical romance, the story of the outspoken heroine's sentimental education...sometimes comes off as a heady blend of Browning's MY LAST DUCHESS and Anaïs Nin. But Dunant's skill lies in combining these elements with a finely textured and pertinent depiction of a cultured citizenry in the grip of rampant fundamentalism." 03/29/2004

New York Times Book Review
"Though THE BIRTH OF VENUS has been described, for obvious reasons, as serpentine (and it cannot be denied that the plot is so sinuous it defies summary), the imaginative energy of the enterprise is clearly warmblooded, playful, even reckless--more feline than reptilian." - Valerie Martin 03/07/2004

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Product attributeeBooks:   Kobo
Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0397
Product attributePublisher:   Random House (NY)
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