For five hundred years a statue of the Madonna has watched over Venice. Now, dulled by time and pollution, she is prepared for restoration. As Simon Raikes immerses himself in the painstaking task of cleaning and repairing, he is inexorably drawn to the stories of violence and lust which have surrounded this stone virgin. Simon's investigations ...
For five hundred years a statue of the Madonna has watched over Venice. Now, dulled by time and pollution, she is prepared for restoration. As Simon Raikes immerses himself in the painstaking task of cleaning and repairing, he is inexorably drawn to the stories of violence and lust which have surrounded this stone virgin. Simon's investigations lead him to Chiara Litsov, the wife of a renowned sculptor. A dangerous attraction develops between them and it appears inevitable that once again the stone virgin will bear witness to passion, betrayal and murder.
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Good in Good jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Minor edge and corner wear to the dj, lightly scuffed and scratched, corners are gently bumped and rubbed, lightly shelf worn, missing the rear free endpaper, ex-library with the usual library markings, overall a clean used first edition! Dj is nicely preserved in a brand new protective mylar plastic cover! 309 historical pages! "A stone Madonna, masterpiece of Venetian Gothic Sculpture, five centuries old, blackened and disfigured by time and weather and chemical pollution, stands high up on the facade of a church. An English conservation expert, Simon Raikes, is sent to Venice to restore her. There are mysteries about her. Why this church, which she was never designed for? Why was she not installed there until the eighteenth century and where was she before that? Who was the sculptor and why did his career end so abruptly with her creation? "
Fine in very good dust jacket. SHIP DAILY W/TRACKING FROM NJ; GIFT-ABLE as USED, GLOSSY; pages crisp and clean, FINE W/DJ NEAR VERY GOOD (light wear spine ends) AS SHOWN THIS COVER. Sewn binding. Cloth over boards. 309 p. Audience: General/trade. 11355 11355--A mysterious sculpture of a beautiful and erotic Madonna holds the key to the Fornarini family's secrets. When Raikes, a conservation expert, tries to restore her, he is swept under the statue's spell--and that of Chiara Litsov, a member of the Fornarini...Unsworth won the Booker Prize for Sacred Hunger, and his novel Pascali's Island, which was shortlisted for the Booker Prize, was made into a well-received movie that was a finalist for the Golden Palm Award at the Cannes Film Festival.
Publishers Weekly, 1995-05-22 Unsworth's stories of familial secrets and revenge are in paper for the first time. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Publishers Weekly, 1986-01-31 She is the Madonna of the Annunciation, carved in Venice 540 years ago and now encrusted by an acid rain that rots the stone. Simon, an English sculptor who has turned to art restoration, labors ardently to save the statue's beauty. The stone is strangely luminous; the Virgin's gestures are ambiguous and provocative. Infatuated with the statue, Simon hallucinates about its past, glimpsing scenes of betrayal, murder and lust. Variations are replayed on these ancient passions as centuries blend into one another: Simon loves Chiara, whose body has been celebrated in bronze sculpture by her husband, Litsov, while the predatory art dealer Lattimer lurks ominously. British novelist Unsworth (Mooncranker's Gift provides knowledgable discourses on art, breathtaking scenes of Venice and a ripe plot that manages to link Renaissance glory to 18th century profligacy and contemporary intrigue. (March 19)
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