The Lion, the City and the Water

Cees Nooteboom; Translated from the Dutch by Laura Watkinson; With Photographs by Simone Sassen

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The great Dutch author and traveller Cees Nooteboom sheds new light on Venice the city, its history, and its treasures

Cees Nooteboom’s love for Venice, this “absurd combination of power, money, genius and great art,” has been ongoing for more than fifty years. The first visit was in 1964, in the company of a young woman. Then, in 1982, he arrived on the Orient Express. Only on his tenth visit did he take a gondola ride. He has dived deep into the labyrinth and discovered his own lagoon city between the alleys, locked gates, and countless canals. He is surrounded by the dead, and pays homage to the painters and writers who lived and worked there, to the palaces, bridges, painting, and sculpture that give the city a kind of immortality. With his ability to penetrate to the core of his destinations, Nooteboom sheds new light on the city, its history, and its treasures, producing a radiant tribute to Venice.

Cees Nooteboom, born in 1933, is a Dutch novelist, poet, and travel writer who has been the recipient of the Pegasus Prize and the Aristeion Prize. His previous books of travel writing include Roads to Santiago and Roads to Berlin.Laura Watkinson is an award-winning translator of Dutch, Italian, and German.

“With his customary intelligence, erudition and sheer passion for the world we live in, Cees Nooteboom has achieved the impossible: to say something new about the ageless city about which everything has been said.”—Alberto Manguel

Praise for Cees Nooteboom

“More than a reporter, more even than a traveler, Nooteboom is a poet. His writing is lyrical and densely textured. He is a poet of time and memory.”—Colin Thubron, New York Review of Books

“Nooteboom . . . is full of surprises and makes every word, every observation, not only count but also linger.”—Eileen Battersby, Irish Times

“He writes in a voice that blends the acuity of Martha Gellhorn with the meditative grace of W. G. Sebald.”—The Economist

“Better known as a novelist than a travel writer in his native Holland, Nooteboom is the ultimate stylist of the genre. Highly introspective and self-conscious, witty and whimsical, he observes people and places, and his reactions to them, with an originality that is totally arresting. . . . Sparkling sentences abound in his works.”—Justin Marozzi, Newsweek
ISBN: 9780300254372
Publication Date: November 3, 2020
304 pages, 6 x 8 1/2
36 color illus.

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