The Souls of Venice

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McFarland, Jan 1, 2003 - History - 232 pages
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People who have helped shape and been shaped by Venice are considered in five groups: the "mutilated culture heroes" (e.g., the eunuch Narses) who with some great sacrifice helped the city define itself; the "fugitives from splendor" (such as St. Pietro Orseolo or El Greco), so overwhelmed by beauty they fled the city; the "prisoners of Venice--the convicts, the cloistered, the mad; the "symbiotics" in communion with the city for long periods (Titian was one), and the "fugitives from self" (e.g., Igor Stravinsky), who have come from elsewhere seeking a new identity, and who ended up helping to create a new identity for the city itself. More than a collection of biographies, this richly textured and insightful work examines the roots of people's "Venice-ness" as well as the city's own humanity.
  

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The "souls" in the title of this collection of loosely linked essays refers both to the many facets of Venice and to the people who have been part of its history and culture. Sethre, an English ... Read full review

Contents

Preface
1
One Mutilated Culture Heroes
9
Two Fugitives from Splendor
71
Three Prisoners
131
Four Seekers of Symbiosis
170
Five Fugitives from Self to Self
197
Conclusion
217
Index
223
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