A Venetian Affair

A Venetian Affair

Book - 2003
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Baker & Taylor
The author describes the discovery of letters written by his eighteenth-century ancestor, Venetian statesman Andrea Memmo, revealing a secret affair between Memmo and Giustiniana Wynne, a beautiful half-English girl.

Blackwell North Amer
In the attic of their old family palazzo on the Grand Canal, Andrea di Robilant's father had found the love letters of their ancestor Andrea Memmo, one of the last great Venetian statesmen, to a beautiful half-English girl named Giustiniana Wynne. Some of the letters were written in code, which di Robilant and his father cracked to reveal an illicit passion: Giustiniana was not of the elite ruling class and would never have been considered a suitable match for Andrea. But their acts of devotion were startlingly brazen. As their courtship unfolds, they plot elaborate marriage schemes that offend everyone, arrange secret trysts in borrowed rooms, cause trouble for the servants who must ferry their forbidden correspondence, and even weather an unwanted pregnancy, from which Giustiniana, with her wits and ingenuity and some crucial assistance from the infamous Casanova, emerges unscathed.
Andrea di Robilant, heir to the lovers' legacy, captures them in the twilight of the golden era of Venice, with forays to the colorful social circles of London and Paris along the way. His narrative evokes the world of mask-wearing men and ladies attending Goldini plays and gambling at the Ridotto - bringing to life, 250 years later, a tale of passion and historical intrigue.

& Taylor

The discovery of a box of eighteenth-century love letters thrusts Andrea di Robilant into an adventure of familial intrique that will carry him back hundreds of years to the golden era of Venice and into the middle of a secret love affair between Venetian statesman Andrea Memmo and Giustiniana Wynne, a beautiful, half-English girl. 100,000 first printing. First serial, The New Yorker.

Publisher: New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2003
ISBN: 9780375411816
Characteristics: 313 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Aug 07, 2011

Di Robilant's story of star-crossed lovers with connections to his father's family in eighteenth century Venice is a beautiful tribute to his father's search for more letters and his wish that this story be published. If you are intrigued by Venice and upper class lives this is a well-written truthful tale although not one I could stay with word for word!


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