Venice, in life and in literature

May 16, 2008 at 1:06 pm (books, Mystery fiction, Uncategorized) ()

Re Donna Leon’s novel The Girl of His Dreams; with what pleasure did I encounter mention of a certain Venetian landmark, as Commissario Brunetti speeds via police launch to a watery crime scene:

“They passed Palazzo Mocenigo, then the imbarcadero of Sant’ Angelo, and then they came abreast of the stairs running down into the water to the left of Palazzo Benzon.”

Ah, yes – the Palazzo Mocenigo! This was the sumptuous residence of the family into which Lucia Memmo married while still in her teens. It was just the beginning of the long and turbulent life. Born in 1770, Lucia starts out as a naive, overprotected girl and goes on to become the quintessential woman of substance. Here’s my review of Lucia, and here’s an interview with author Andrea di Robilant, her direct descendant. ( I am envious of his ability to connect so directly and intimately with his ancestors.)

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