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Venice de Jan Morris
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Venice (original: 1960; edição: 1993)

de Jan Morris (Autor)

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Often hailed as one of the best travel books ever written, Venice is neither a guide nor a history book, but a beautifully written immersion in Venetian life and character, set against the background of the city's past. Analysing the particular temperament of Venetians, as well as its waterways, its architecture, its bridges, its tourists, its curiosities, its smells, sounds, lights and colours, there is scarcely a corner of Venice that Jan Morris has not investigated and brought vividly to life. Jan Morris first visited the city of Venice as young James Morris, during World War II. As she writes in the introduction, 'it is Venice seen through a particular pair of eyes at a particular moment - young eyes at that, responsive above all to the stimuli of youth.' Venice is an impassioned work on this magnificent but often maddening city. Jan Morris's collection of travel writing and reportage spans over five decades and includes such titles as Sydney, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain and Manhattan '45. Since its first publication, Venice has appeared in many editions, won the W.H. Heinemann award and become an international bestseller. 'The best book about Venice ever written' Sunday Times 'No sensible visitor should visit the place without it . . . Venice stands alone as the essential introduction, and as a work of literature in its own right.' Observer… (mais)
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Título:Venice
Autores:Jan Morris (Autor)
Informação:Faber & Faber (2004), Edition: Main, 336 pages
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Etiquetas:travel, italy, venice

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This is a colourful, detail laden, paean of prose to the city of Venice - it may indeed be "the best book about Venice ever written" , I don't have the depth of knowledge to judge that, but I thoroughly enjoyed and was enormously entertained by Jan Morris's account.. It is by turns erudite, amusing, provocative and thought provoking - it certainly added to my education and leaves a lasting impression. ( )
2 vote DramMan | Apr 3, 2021 |
Read 2015. ( )
  sasameyuki | May 8, 2020 |
There are a few flashes of brilliant prose, and more than a few details about Venice that were new to me. But more of it is clumsily overwritten, Morris's desire for comprehensive coverage makes it a bit of a slog (and she still misses some of my favorite parts!), and, unfortunately, fair portions are very dated for modern Venice.

> In the first years of this century E. V. Lucas spent a month eating in every Venetian restaurant in turn, and decided that there was only one he wanted to visit a second time. I have tried about thirty, and shall not feel intolerably misused if denied re-entry to any of them. ( )
  breic | Mar 29, 2020 |
La ciutat de Venècia ha interpretat successivament tots els papers de l’auca; camp de refugiats, potència marítima, comercial, financera i militar, gran prostíbul d’Europa i, actualment, parc temàtic global apte per a tots els pressupostos. El llibre ens acompanya durant els 1500 anys d’història, i ens deixa a les portes de l’última transformació.

Llegir aquest llibre el 2019 és encara més interessant que fer-ho en 1960, la data de la seva publicació. Reflexa el que era Venècia a mitjans del segle XX; una icona cultural i una destinació turística. El fet que en Jan Morris ha actualitzat l’obra fins a tres vegades (1974, 1983 i 1993) fa una mica borrosa la descripció de la ciutat més recent, perquè el lector no està segur si el relat fa referència a la Venècia de 1960 o a la de una generació i mitja després. L’autor parla en present quan els inversors duen el barret a la ma mentre estan als jutjats, o quan la gran compra setmanal de queviures es concentra un dia de la setmana en el supermercat. Potser és un avís que les lleus distorsions presents en el relat més recent augmenten, sense ser-ne conscients del tot, a mida que s’observa el passat més llunyà.

Venice és un llibre sobre la ciutat, la seva gent i la seva història; no és un llibre de viatges, i menys encara una guia. Però el coneixement que conté sobre la ciutat i les seves rodalies constitueixen una excel·lent base perquè el lector pugui pacientment construir-se un itinerari al seu gust, permetent-li visitar els llocs sabent què és el que veu.

L’autor ha viscut força temporades a Venècia (començant el 1945) i demostra una estimació real cap el lloc i els seus habitants ; combina l’erudició provinent dels llibres i d’antics relats de viatges amb el coneixement de la via social que només els oriünds que l'aprecien li poden explicar.

Es tracta d’un dens relat personal, de la ciutat vista pels seus ulls. La selecció dels llocs i fets rellevants segueix el criteri personal de l’autor, però poques vegades es sent a faltar una obra d’art o un fet històric. Pel llibre desfilen gondolers, anècdotes, duxs, gats, almiralls, esglésies, illes, palaus, episodis d’història de l’art i passavolants. Tots ben descrits i ben contextualitzats en la història de Venècia. Periòdicament Morris deixa anar un sentit de l’humor fi que estimula la lectura, encara que el to general es semblant al de Danubi, de Claudio Magris, o al de Roma de Robert Hughes. Essencialment son unes memòries personals elaborades a partir d'un coneixement i una estima profunda cap a la ciutat. La seva lectura paga la pena.

Es un bon llibre per llegir amb temps abans d’anar a Venècia, i també un cop s’hi ha tornat. Al món hi han poques ciutats amb canals, però cap amb tanta historia i obres d’art. La seva visita mereix llegir detingudament aquest llibre, prendre notes, ampliar la informació per poder gaudir plenament de l’estada. ( )
  JordiGavalda | May 26, 2019 |
I wanted to say I have finally just about finished reading Jan Morris' Venice and the one thing that struck me more strongly about it than any other impression, was how much it reminded me of Hemingway's Death in the Afternoon. Of course, Morris is frequently in the business of evocative, poetic prose, something Hemingway would never allow himself, but the everyday prose style is very similar. Also the way in which the subject is examined from a number of different points of view, not necessarily making a single complete story or narrative of it, but genuinely adding texture and layer of detail until the whole becomes a sort of onion, skin over skin over skin. Finally, both have the feeling of someone who has not entirely been drawn in, not lost her or his identity to the subject, but has definitely looked deeply into it and loves it dearly.

Tourists set great store by "authentic" experiences but the previous generation's were always more authentic. Jan Morris makes it clear that even sixties Venice was subject to crap that 19th century tourists wouldn't have had to put up with. Yet the city still exercises a powerful attraction for many. I don't think the charm of twisty, cobbled streets is simply to do with their appearance or their age; I think we bring additional cultural meaning and expectations with us when visiting such places, and when thinking about them. Particularly, I think places like Venice create a self-reflective frisson for us- I am here. It isn't, I don't think, purely an aesthetic experience- part of us is bound up personally in how we experience places like this. They seduce us with the weight of history, with their complexity, their own self-containedness. We thrill at becoming a small part of them, for a little while.

And then we go and get a coffee at Starbucks to recover.

Yes, the weight of time and history, and our being a small part of them, work on us, as much as the aesthetic. If I ever make it back to Venice (I went there last year on a cruise) it will almost certainly be as a dreaded tourist which is mostly about how much time you dispose of. Some places, like Venice, Machu Picchu, or the Great Wall were part of my imagination long before I ever got there in their own shadowy way.

For what it's worth I think Venice is closer to "Invisible Cities" or Borges than it is to a "Lonely Planet Guide." ( )
  antao | Nov 21, 2018 |
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Often hailed as one of the best travel books ever written, Venice is neither a guide nor a history book, but a beautifully written immersion in Venetian life and character, set against the background of the city's past. Analysing the particular temperament of Venetians, as well as its waterways, its architecture, its bridges, its tourists, its curiosities, its smells, sounds, lights and colours, there is scarcely a corner of Venice that Jan Morris has not investigated and brought vividly to life. Jan Morris first visited the city of Venice as young James Morris, during World War II. As she writes in the introduction, 'it is Venice seen through a particular pair of eyes at a particular moment - young eyes at that, responsive above all to the stimuli of youth.' Venice is an impassioned work on this magnificent but often maddening city. Jan Morris's collection of travel writing and reportage spans over five decades and includes such titles as Sydney, Coronation Everest, Hong Kong, Spain and Manhattan '45. Since its first publication, Venice has appeared in many editions, won the W.H. Heinemann award and become an international bestseller. 'The best book about Venice ever written' Sunday Times 'No sensible visitor should visit the place without it . . . Venice stands alone as the essential introduction, and as a work of literature in its own right.' Observer

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