The Lion of Venice

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Dundurn, Oct 16, 1997 - Fiction - 224 pages
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This magical new novel by Governor General and Trillium Prize nominee Mark Frutkin, set in 13th century Venice and Cathay, is a dazzling fresco of shimmering language, brimming with golden tableaus of arid deserts and cobblestone alleys, the wafting scent of cardomin and the mystical trill of a praying friar. It is the story of Marco Polo as he is about to set sail on an arduous and lengthy pilgrimage with his father, uncle and faithful guide across the sun-soaked silk route, the rich path of the carpet-makers and the black seas of the Indian Ocean.

Doggedly pursued by a vengeful assassin of the Venetian Doge, Marco is eager to arrive in the promised land of the mighty Kublai Khan and bask in the safety offered by his royal legions. But while enjoying the myths of the new land, Polo is haunted by the recurring appearance of a winged lion which lurks behind his dreams and roams the palace of his heart. Even upon his return to Venice, a naval battle and capture by their rival Genoa, even as he languishes in an enemy jail cell recounting his trials to an incredulous inmate, there is always the heartbeat of the lion.

 

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Contents

Conception
5
A Jail Cell in Genoa I
33
Silk Roads East of the Known World
41
A Jail Cell in Genoa II
77
The Red Sun of Karakoran
87
A Jail Cell in Genoa Ill
105
Into the Realms of the Kublai Khan
111
A Jail Cell in Genoa IV
127
Figure Eight
135
A Jail Cell in Genoa V
159
Passion Play
169
A Jail Cell In Genoa VI
203
Acknowledgement
211
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About the author (1997)

Mark Frutkin has published two previous volumes of poetry, Acts of Light and The Alchemy of Clouds. The Governor General's Award nominee has also published six novels, including Slow Lightning, The Lion of Venice, Atmospheres Apollinaire, and Invading Tibet. His newest work is Iron Mountain (Fall 2001). His work has appeared in the United States, England, Holland, and India, as well as Canada. He lives in Ottawa, Ontario.

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