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The Other Venice: Secrets of the City (Reaktion Books - Topographics) Paperback – October 1, 2007

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The Other Venice is a short book but one of the great books written both about the city and about the inspiration it has evoked down the centuries.”
(Lib�ration Paris 20070501)

About the Author

Predrag Matvejevic teaches at the New Sorbonne of Paris and the Sapienza in Rome, and has published many books. Russell Scott Valentino is associate professor of Russian and of cinema and comparative literature at the University of Iowa. He has translated books from Italian, Serbo-Croatian, and Croatian, and is the founder and editor-in-chief of Autumn Hill Books.
 
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Product Details

  • Series: Reaktion Books - Topographics
  • Paperback: 112 pages
  • Publisher: Reaktion Books (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 186189337X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1861893376
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,277,763 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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I spent about a month in Venice a couple of years ago. Before that stay, my experience with Venice was a short two-day trip years ago. Reading The Other Venice reminded me of the time I stayed there when I realized that the city actually served as a homeland for many who resided there. Venice is so contextualized by numerous outsiders, and many of those, including me, tend to dwell on the images the city is supposed to present us. But it's a city with unique history. We tend to overlook the fact such as Venice having had an old Jewish ghetto. We know Shakespeare and his famous (and infamous, in a way) Merchant of Venice. This is not just a city for exhibitions. During my second visit (and more lengthy stay) in Venice, I paid more attentions to the gondoliers, vapolets, market vendors, pizzeria owners or people who are there not as tourists. Unglamorous images and mundane elements of Venice the author paint with tender affection illuminate the lights of, literally, the other Venice. I like the poetic lyrical verses. Only complaint about the book is that it can be taken as a travelogue or sort. I guess it's the publisher's misrepresentation.
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I never thought a book on Venice could be a disappointment but this one was. The photos were unremarkable and the accompanying text even more so.
It does put you into a few spots that aren't well known to visitors but I was bored stiff by it and I am a man who loves Venice, my wife and my children...in that order
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I agree that this book is not for everyone. First time visitors need the standard guides. But if you want to look closer and longer, The Other Venice is full of rich rewards. To paraphrase the book itself - It tells what one ought to see in Venice but which is not usually seen, what one ought to learn that isn't usually known. If you are ready to locate details and impressions not on a map, buy this enlightening and aptly illustrated book.
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I loved this book and would highly recommend it to anyone who has been to Venice or is planning to go to Venice.
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