Sunday, January 27, 2013

In the mood for ... Venice

February comes with the Venice in February reading challenge, hosted by Bellezza and myself, and I am so looking forward to reading about Venice and rediscovering this amazing city. You can join us here, and the only rule is that you have to read at least one book Venice-related. The blog also has a long list of books about or set in Venice, so you only have to bring your mood with you... Here's what I am going to read and hopefully post about:

Peter Ackroyd's Venice, a Pure City (a non-fictional book about the city, comprising architecture and history) 
Thomas Mann's Death in Venice (a reread, together with Bellezza)
Michelle Lovric's The Book of Human Skin (set in Venice, the story seems quite good)

Also, check the blog for everything Venice - related: music, history and art. 

LET THE CARNIVAL BEGIN! :)

8 comments:

Sam (Tiny Library) said...

I read The Book of Human Skin for the event last year and I just loved it. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did!

Ally said...

I am looking forward to it, thanks for visiting :)

Bellezza said...

The Book of Human Skin sounds wonderfully creepy! I hadn't heard of it before. I'm really looking forward to reading Thomas Mann's Death in Venice with you. It's good it's short since it's a reread for you.

Ally said...

I read it years ago, so I am sure I will see it with different eyes. Also, I plan on seeing Visconti's adaptation for the screen and then, have time to write about it, but I will have it, hopefully, after the 8th :)

mel u said...

I am glad you and Dolce are once again hosting this event-I just completed a post on an excellent story by Edith Wharton, "A Venetian Night's Adventure" set in Venice in 1760-it is a very atmospheric and suspenseful work-there is a link to the story in my post

Ally said...

Thank you for dropping by, Mel! I will look into this book, it sounds interesting :)

mel u said...

Just by luck I was reading the first published work of the great Irish writer of Gothic/Horror tales yesterday, Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu and found a very interesting story from 1843 set during Carnival in Venice-It verifies the idea that Venice was viewed during the period, as seen in the Edith Wharton story I posted on, as a place of exotic delights and sinister evil.

Ally said...

Another short story on my list, thank you Mel :)