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Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi

(2007)
A novel by

 
Awards
Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing Best Novel
A wildly original novel (what else would we expect from this fearless and funny writer?) that explores the underbelly of erotic fulfillment and spiritual yearning.

Every two years the international art world descends on Venice for the opening of the Biennale. Among them is Jeff Atman -- a jaded, dissolutely resolute journalist - - whose dedication to the cause of Bellini-fuelled party-going is only intermittently disturbed by the obligation to file a story. When he meets Laura, he is rejuvenated, ecstatic. Their romance blossoms quickly but is it destined to disappear just as rapidly?

Every day thousands of pilgrims head to the banks of the Ganges at Varanasi, the holiest Hindu city in India. Among their number is a narrator who may or may not be the Atman previously seen in Venice. Intending to visit only for a few days he ends up staying for months, and finds - or should that be loses? - a hitherto unexamined idea of himself, the self. In a romance he can only observe, he sees a reflection of the kind of pleasures that, willingly or not, he has renounced. In the process, two ancient and watery cities become versions of each other. Could two stories, in two different cities, actually be one and the same story?

Nothing Geoff Dyer has written before is as wonderfully unbridled, as dead-on in evocation of place, longing, and the possibility of neurotic enlightenment, as irrepressibly entertaining as Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi.


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Hardback Editions

April 2009 : USA Hardback
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-307-37737-7 / 978-0-307-37737-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Pantheon
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March 2009 : Hardback
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Title: Jeff In Venice, Death In Varanasi
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 818400088X / 978-8184000887
Publisher: Random House
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Paperback Editions

March 2015 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 1-78211-514-5 / 978-1-78211-514-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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April 2010 : USA Paperback
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 0-307-39030-6 / 978-0-307-39030-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Vintage
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July 2010 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 1-84767-271-X / 978-1-84767-271-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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April 2009 : UK Paperback
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 1-84767-270-1 / 978-1-84767-270-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Canongate Books
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Audio Editions

August 2010 : USA Audio Cassette
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel (Library Edition)
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 1-4417-5335-4 / 978-1-4417-5335-9 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 1-4417-5338-9 / 978-1-4417-5338-0 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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August 2010 : USA Audio CD
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel (Library Edition)
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 1-4417-5336-2 / 978-1-4417-5336-6 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audiobooks
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August 2010 : USA MP3 CD
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
ISBN: 1-4417-5339-7 / 978-1-4417-5339-7 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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July 2010 : Canada Audio edition
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
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Kindle Editions

April 2009 : USA Kindle edition
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi: A Novel
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
Publisher: Vintage
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November 2007 : Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Jeff in Venice, Death in Varanasi
Author(s): Geoff Dyer
Publisher: Canongate Books
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