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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.
From the Publisher:
"Simply amazing, so brilliantly written...   Almost intolerably exciting at times, and at others, equally poignant." - Antonia Fraser
"Sarah Dunant has given us a story of sacrifice and betrayal, set during Florence's captivity under the fanatic Savonarola. She writes like a painter, and thinks like a philosopher: juxtapositioning the humane against the animal, hope against fanaticism, creativity against destruction. The Birth of Venus is a tour de force." -Amanda Foreman, author of Georgiana: Duchess of Devonshire
“A beautiful serpent of a novel, seductive and dangerous.” –Simon Schama
Annotation:
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 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

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 Anas 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

Literary Review
"[A]rtfully constructed....Dunant weaves together language, motifs and iconography to explore grand themes with as much reverence and sensitivity as she does private emotion." - Beatrice Hodgkin April 2004

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