The Birth of Venus: Love and Death in Florence by Sarah Dunant lands on the |> SALE <| shelves in my shop.
Little, Brown, 2003, Hardback in dust wrapper.
Signed by the author on the title page unverified and reflected as such in the lack of premium.
From the cover: Alessandra Cecchi is not quite fifteen when her father, a prosperous cloth merchant, brings a young painter back from Northern Europe to decorate the walls of the family chapel in their Florentine palazzo. A child of the Renaissance, with a precocious mind and a talent for drawing, Alessandra is intoxicated by the painters abilities.
She is drawn into the life of a city where the new freedoms of the mind rub shoulders with the old sins of the flesh. On the streets she discovers a stalking evil at large and witnesses the rise of the fundamentalist monk Savonarola. Alessandra and her native Florence are caught between the Medici state, with its luxury, learning and dazzling art, and the hell-fire of Savonarola and the violence of his followers. And through it all the painter and his art exerts an increasingly powerful and erotic pull.
The Birth of Venus is a tour de force from one of Britains most innovative thriller writers. It brings alive the history of Florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsive story of love, art, religion and power through the passionate voice of Alessandra, a remarkable heroine with the same vibrancy of spirit as her beloved city.
Very Good in Very Good Dust Wrapper. Leans slightly. Pages very gently age-tanned.
Orange boards with Black titling to the Spine. 412 pages. 8″ x 5¼”.
This book will be eventually reach my delightful website…(added to my Fiction Author: D category.) but get 60% off buying from this very blog blog… Buy it now for just £2.60 + P&P! Of course, if you don’t like this one there are plenty more available here!