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Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Fine Florentine Fiction

At TripFiction we have a great selection of books set in the wonderful city of Florence. If we wanted to be reminded of a visit there.... if we wanted to explore the city via fiction and discover a new stimulus....if we wanted to recapture the moments of a memorable trip........ then these are the books we would choose as a starter, truly evocative of the city, encompassing a bit of history, a bit of art and a bit of crime.

And if you have any books set in Florence that you want to share with us, then do so in the Comments Box below.

"See a location through an author's eyes"

Alessandra is not quite fifteen when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter back with him from Holland to adorn the walls of the new family chapel. She is fascinated by his talents and envious of his abilities and opportunities to paint to the glory of God. Soon her love of art and her lively independence are luring her into closer involvement with all sorts of taboo areas of life. On excursions into the streets of night-time Florence she observes a terrible evil stalking the city and witnesses the rise of the fiery young priest, Savanarola, who has set out to rid the city of vice, richness, even art itself. 

The narrator is Mary Warren, an American. She has been the victim of a near fatal attack in the Boboli Gardens during which her husband was murdered. Two years later, the suspected murderer having been killed in a car crash, she returns to Florence to be with her lover. More murders occur in these crumbling alleyways of this beautiful city

‘A claustrophobic, atmospheric novel, which vividly evokes a city full of ghosts and painted angels.’

In 1966 the Arno River in Florence floods its banks causing huge devastation to stored artworks, and antique books. As a book conservator Margot Harrington flies in – along with many other volunteers – to add expert help in the conservation of fine art. They are known as the “Mud Angels”. She finds her way to a Carmelite convent where she discovers a book, bound within a book of erotic drawings. She is charged in secret to find the highest bidder for these drawings by the abbess, so the convent might supplement its meagre income. This is the story of her quest to conserve this masterpiece, her love affair and the trials of those working under duress to preserve as many items as possible for posterity. 

Click on the covers for more information and here you can find all the books we feature in Florence.

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