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Venice for Lovers

(2005)
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Every year for all thirty they have been married, Louis Begley and Anka Muhlstein have escaped to Venice to write. In Venice for Lovers, Begley and Muhlstein fashion their own personal homages to Venice, one with a novella, the other with a personal essay. In her contribution, Muhlstein charmingly describes how, over the course of the years, she and her husband have adopted four eating places, and how becoming friends with restaurateurs has been an unsurpassed means of getting to know the city and its inhabitants, far from the tourists in San Marco Square. They meet Venetians like Ernesto, who tells them of the great flood that nearly destroyed the beautiful city and Nerone, an authoritarian chef who serves the freshest seafood and throws yesterday's catch to the cats. And they spend blissful hours at such eateries as Da Fiore, named by The International Herald Tribune one of the ten best restaurants in the world but which, unfazed, retains its rustic simplicity.

In his novella, Begley writes a story of falling in love with - and in Venice. His twenty-year-old protagonist, enamored with an older, far worldlier woman of twenty-seven, is lured by her to the City of Water, only to be left to fend for himself after a brief rendezvous. But he discovers a lasting love for Venice itself - not an uncommon romance, as Begley's brilliant portrayal of the city's place within world literature demonstrates: Henry James, Marcel Proust and Thomas Mann were all illustrious predecessors.
By turns humorous, nostalgic, and spellbinding, Venice for Lovers is a very private view of a place that will forever inspire dreams of love and passion.

 
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Hardback Editions

September 2008 : USA Hardback
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 0-8021-1875-5 / 978-0-8021-1875-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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August 2005 : UK Hardback
Title: Venice for Lovers (Armchair Traveller)
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-904341-97-7 / 978-1-904341-97-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the bookHaus
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Paperback Editions

February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: Venice For Lovers (Armchair Traveller)
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-907973-70-2 / 978-1-907973-70-3 (UK edition)
Publisher: Haus Publishing
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October 2009 : USA Paperback
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 0-8021-4435-7 / 978-0-8021-4435-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Grove Press
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May 2000 : UK Paperback
Title: Venice for Lovers (Armchair Traveller)
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-906598-28-2 / 978-1-906598-28-0 (UK edition)
Publisher: The Armchair Traveller at the bookHaus
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Audio Editions

August 2015 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-5012-8832-6 / 978-1-5012-8832-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2008 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-4233-7465-7 / 978-1-4233-7465-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
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November 2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-4233-7463-0 / 978-1-4233-7463-3 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2008 : USA Audio CD
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-4233-7462-2 / 978-1-4233-7462-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   

November 2008 : USA MP3 CD
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
ISBN: 1-4233-7464-9 / 978-1-4233-7464-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

November 2008 : USA Audio edition
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
Publisher: Brilliance Audio
Availability: Amazon   

Kindle Editions

November 2009 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: Venice for Lovers
Author(s): Louis Begley, Anka Muhlstein
Publisher: Grove Press
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