The Glassblower of Murano
Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin,... show more
Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light.
Publish date: May 26th 2009
Publisher: St. Martin's Griffin
Pages no: 368
Edition language: English
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I was pleasantly surprised by this. The naff cover gave me rather low expectations, but I will read virtually anything set in Venice so thought I'd give it a go anyway. It turned out to be quite an interesting story. In terms of character, the historical ones seemed far more rounded and believable t...
Nora ist Künstlerin, sie arbeitet am liebsten mit Glas und ist sich dabei ihrer Abstammung bewußt, sie ist eine Nachfahrin eines der bekanntesten Glasbläsers von Murano. Nach ihrer Scheidung beschließt sie, nach Venedig zu gehen und sich als Glasbläserin auf Murano zu bewerben. Sie beginnt Nachforsc...
Started 1-7-10.I hoped I would have liked it more, although I did enjoy it. Still, I wasn't entirely happy with the dynamics of male/female relationships. I did give a lot of thought to the different ideas of treachery and the importance of family and ancestors. Maybe being an American, I can't un...
Unexpectedly enjoyable book. I was anticipating something like Suzanne M. Wolfe's Unveiling (which was awful) but instead, I found the heroine Nora real and appealing. The dual story lines were engrossing and I was equally invested in each plot. The book is nice and meaty, too -- it felt like the au...
Marina Fiorato's "The Glassblowers of Murano" is somewhat uneven. The chapters which deal with old world Venice are fascinating, but the modern-day chapters constitute a somewhat pedestrian romance.The protagonist, Leonora Manin, is an American glassblower who visits Venice to learn more about her ...