Join us

Facebook
Twitter
Instagram
Newsletter

Alessandro Barbero

The Eyes of Venice

Cover: The Eyes of Venice - Alessandro Barbero

Alessandro Barbero

The Eyes of Venice

2012, pp. 448, Paperback
ISBN: 9781609450823
Translated by: Gregory Conti
Region: Italy
Available as ebook Available as ebook Available as ebook
$ 18.00

The book

Venice at the end of the 1500s is an unforgiving city. The Doge rules with an iron fist and the Holy Office harbors suspicions about everything and everyone. Even the walls have eyes. The Republic of Venice watches and listens, then passes judgment swiftly and definitively.

In a city where everyone is assumed guilty of something, a young stonemason by the name of Michele has been accused of a crime he didn’t commit. Afraid for his life, he flees the city aboard a galley carrying gold coin, leaving behind his young wife, Bianca. Banished from his home, Michele embarks on a series of extraordinary adventures as the ship he travels on stops in every port and on every island of the Mediterranean. In order to survive this once naïve and immature boy must fast become a man, one possessed of cunning, courage and fortitude.

Bianca remains alone in the cruel and treacherous Venice. She faces challenges that are, if anything, even more difficult than those of Michele, and will encounter all the terrors and mysteries that the labyrinthine city holds in its blind alleys and narrow passageways. And she, like Michele, will discover in herself a tenacious and indestructible will to survive.

Land and sea, East and West, the arrogance of power and the indestructible pride of the poor and dispossessed. Two lives and one all embracing love. As richly imagined as Orhan Pamuk’s The White Castle, The Eyes of Venice is a grand and gripping tale of love and adventure that will also appeal to fans of the historical novels of Umberto Eco and Susan Dunant.

The author

Alessandro Barbero
Alessandro Barbero is the author of The Battle: A New History of Waterloo (Walker & Co., 2005), Charlamagne: Father of a Continent, and Master Pyle’s Bella Vita and Other People’s Wars, winner of the Strega Prize for Fiction. He is a renowned historian whose two-volume history of the Battle of Lepanto is considered to be the definitive text on the subject. He teaches Medieval History at the University of Eastern Piedmont in Vercelli, Italy.  

Press

From the same country

  • Cover: The House on Via Gemito - Domenico Starnone

    Domenico Starnone

    The House on Via Gemito

    2023, pp. 480, $ 27.00
    Available in English for the first time, this extraordinary prize-winning novel confirms Domenico Starnone’s reputation as one of Italy’s greatest...
  • Cover: The Art of Binding People - Paolo Milone

    Paolo Milone

    The Art of Binding People

    2023, pp. 224, $ 18.00
    From one of Italy’s most brilliant psychiatrists, a moving and transformative journey into the most mysterious, heartbreaking, and awe-inspiring...
  • Cover: Lesser Islands - Lorenza Pieri

    Lorenza Pieri

    Lesser Islands

    2023, pp. 176, $ 17.00
    An absorbing family saga taking place over four decades and centered on the Tuscan island of Giglio—a seemingly idyllic place where the story of...
  • Cover: Winter Swallows - Maurizio de Giovanni

    Maurizio de Giovanni

    Winter Swallows

    2023, pp. 320, $ 18.00
    The tenth Commissario Ricciardi Neapolitan mystery is “endlessly surprising… a delicate balancing act between love and pain, horror and beauty.”...
  • Cover: Everything Calls for Salvation - Daniele Mencarelli

    Daniele Mencarelli

    Everything Calls for Salvation

    2023, pp. 176, $ 22.00
    From one of the most exciting voices in a new generation of Italian writers, a powerful and moving novel that explores both the darkest recesses and...
  • Cover: Cain’s Act - Massimo Recalcati, Will Schutt

    Massimo Recalcati, Will Schutt

    Cain’s Act

    2022, pp. 112, $ 17.00
    From one of Italy’s most renowned philosophers and psychoanalysts, an urgent and stirring reflection on violence, morality, and our relationship...

Join Our Newsletter and receive a FREE eBook!

Stay updated on Europa’s forthcoming releases, author tours and major news.

Are you a bookseller? Click here!

Are you a librarian? Click here!

X