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Venice Rising: Aqua Granda, Pandemic, Rebirth Paperback – July 30, 2020

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"Venice Rising is a compilation of eye witness reports from Venetians who have experienced unprecedented challenges. With honesty and wisdom they write of their fears, resilience, and hope. After sustaining devastating flood damage and loss of tourism, Venice has been returned to her residents. It is time that we listen to them." 

-- JoAnn Locktov, Bella Figura Publications 

"Spring 2020: when Venice was at her most serenely beautiful for a thousand years, there was no one there to see her - except Venetians. This book reveals how her reinvention started months earlier, with the great flood of November 2019.  This timely, moving book tells the story of those extraordinary months, image by image, memory by memory, in the voices of the Venetians themselves."
-- Michelle Lovric, author of The Book of Human Skin, The Remedy, and Carnevale

"Whenever I start research for a book project, I always begin with primary sources--things written at the time. There's nothing quite like hearing the voices and reading the words of people who've lived in a certain place and time, especially if they've endured a traumatic collective experience like war, natural disaster, or disease. As a student of Venetian history, I'm gratified that Kathleen Gonzalez has taken on the important task of capturing the first-hand stories of Venetians who've experienced the staggering challenges of 2019 and 2020 in their native city. In addition to giving hope to those of us who love Venice about the resilience of the city and of Venetians themselves, Venice Rising will also be an important source for those who want to understand our tumultuous times through the eyes of Venetians who experienced them."
--Laura Morelli, art historian and historical novelist

"I loved Venice at first sight, but it wasn't until I read Venice Rising that I truly appreciated -and fell in love with--Venetians.  They are, as historian William Thayer observed a century ago, "magnificent by nature."
In the last year Venice has reeled under two disasters: a devastating once-in-a-century flood and the coronavirus crisis that triggered a months-long lockdown. In Venice Rising, a mosaic of citizens--artisans, rowers, teachers, performers, shop owners, scions of its oldest families--present a first-hand view of their city as they had  never seen it:  deserted, silent, isolated, anxious yet at the same time never more beautiful or serene.
With intense emotion and eloquent words, these eyewitnesses take us inside a magical place, "a poem without words" that comforts, haunts, energizes  and inspires them to overcome the nightmares of despair and fear with bigger dreams of a new future for Venice. 
Venice Rising is a symphony of love, with many voices blending together to stir the soul just as deeply as their beloved hometown has for so many centuries."
--Dianne Hales, author of La Bella Lingua, La Passione, and Mona Lisa

About the Author

Kathleen Ann González has published with various periodicals and has stories in three anthologies and a textbook. She has independently-published five books: A Beautiful Woman in VeniceSeductive Venice: In Casanova's FootstepsFree Gondola RideA Small Candle, and First Spritz Is Free. Supernova Edizioni publishes her books in Italy, including the translation into Italian of Casanova's Venice: A Walking Guide. She also organized the symposium "Casanova in Place," bringing together Casanova scholars in Venice in 2019. As a high school English teacher, Kathleen Ann González has won various awards and recognition for her work. Passionate about travel, González finds any excuse to hop on an airplane, particularly to Venice. 
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Product details

  • Item Weight : 10.9 ounces
  • Paperback : 165 pages
  • ISBN-13 : 979-8670068093
  • Publisher : Independently published (July 30, 2020)
  • Product Dimensions : 6 x 0.42 x 9 inches
  • Language: : English
  • ASIN : B08DV6G29Z
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