The Blind Contessa's New Machine: A Novel

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Penguin, Jul 8, 2010 - Fiction - 224 pages
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An iridescent jewel of a novel that proves love is the mother of invention

In the early 1800s, a young Italian contessa, Carolina Fantoni, realizes she is going blind shortly before she marries the town's most sought-after bachelor. Her parents don't believe her, nor does her fiancÚ. The only one who understands is the eccentric local inventor and her longtime companion, Turri. When her eyesight dims forever, Carolina can no longer see her beloved lake or the rich hues of her own dresses. But as darkness erases her world, she discovers one place she can still see-in her dreams. Carolina creates a vivid dreaming life, in which she can not only see, but also fly, exploring lands she had never known.

Desperate to communicate with Carolina, Turri invents a peculiar machine for her: the world's first typewriter. His gift ignites a passionate love affair that will change both of their lives forever.

Based on the true story of a nineteenth-century inventor and his innovative contraption, The Blind Contessa's New Machine is an enchanting confection of love and the triumph of the imagination.
 

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User Review  - Paulagraph - LibraryThing

A charming fairy tale of a novel, set in Italy. Era undisclosed but I'd guess 18th century. A beautiful young contessa goes blind. Her frivolous yet tender husband Pietro gives her a singing parakeet ... Read full review

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User Review  - Limelite - LibraryThing

Carolina Fantoni is beautiful, desirable, and going blind. Her only friend is Turri, an eccentric and creative young man who invents things that horrify the locals. Her misfortune is to be married to ... Read full review

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