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 ...Read MoreFor 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.Read Less
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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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