Sarah dunant's pen, beautiful and evocative, plunges us deep into the florentine 15th century: we smell the odors, we hear the noises, we are surrounded by the atmosphere of the markets, of the artisan's quarters, of the public piazzas. The birth of venus: a novel is a 2003 novel by sarah dunant, a bestselling british author the story is set in the late 15th century in florence , italy it was first published in london by little, brown in 2003 with the title the birth of venus: love and death in florence. Review: the birth of venus by sarah dunant march 18, 2014 by the underground woman in readings and tagged bibliophilia , books , historical fiction , novels , reading , sarah dunant sarah dunant’s the birth of venus feels so much similar to tracy chevalier’s girl with a pearl earring and vanora bennett’s portrait of an unknown woman. A luminous and lush novel, the birth of venus, at its heart, is a mysterious and sensual story with razor-sharp teeth like alessandra, dunant has a painter's eye--her writing is rich and evocative, luxuriating in colors and textures of the city, the people, and the art of 15th-century florence. Sarah dunant, the author of eight widely praised thrillers, has switched allegiance with the birth of venus, a seductive and ambitious novel set in late 15th-century florence.
'there is no more accomplished guide to renaissance italy than sarah dunant after taking us to florence in the birth of venus, she moves on to venice with in the company of the courtesan . This book is well-written, and very much like the birth of venus, dunant's 2004 novel that is set in florence at the end of the fifteenth century in the company of the courtesan has the same kind of qualities, but is a great book in its own way. Sarah dunant, the british bestselling novelist, has penned a delectable and extremely tempting historical fiction, the birth of venus that is set against the backdrop of the renaissance florence and that which revolves around a young 14 year old girl who is not beautiful or skilled like her elder sister, yet her talent and eye for art and mind.
Sarah states that a visit to florence in the year 2000 brought another change in her writing career during her extended visit and amidst what was something of a midlife crisis, dunant’s previous passion towards history was rekindled and she began researching the renaissance’s impact on the city of florence, during the 1490’s. Carol king talks to acclaimed author of the italian renaissance sarah dunant about her novel on the borgias and more british author, broadcaster and critic sarah dunant’s first forays into writing fiction were thrillers. Thank goodness she brought sarah dunant’s 2003 hit, the birth of venus, into my life three months after returning to the states i might still be in a post-italy funk (honestly, it’ll never end), but this novel allowed me to indulge in a few of my favorite things. The birth of venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of britain's most innovative writers of literary suspense it brings alive the history of florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of alessandra, a heroine with the same.
The birth of venus: a novel by sarah dunant image via amazon alessandra cecchi is only fifteen-years-old when her prosperous merchant father brings a young painter in their home to design their palazzo walls in florence. Books by sarah dunant, fatlands, the birth of venus, mapping the edge, birth marks, in the company of the courtesan, snowstorms in a hot climate, under my skin, transgressions. The birth of venus by sarah dunant by sb sarah apr 26, 2006 at 7:43 pm view all 14 comments b title: from “to what extent is savonarola the villain of the novel” to “to what degree is this novel about a city as much as a character” substitute florence for italy and the medicis for the borgias and it would still be an.
The birth of venus 98k likes the birth of venus: a novel is a 2003 novel by sarah dunant, a bestselling british author the story is set in the late. Sacred hearts: a novel and millions of other books are available for instant access sarah dunant is the author of the international bestsellers the birth of venus and in the company of the courtesan, 50 out of 5 stars she had me at the birth of venus and dunant will not let go of me december 1, 2016 format:. The birth of venus breathes life into the history of florence --- its art, philosophy, religion and politics --- but it is clearly alessandra's story the character of alessandra was born when sarah dunant, who owns a home in florence, discovered a lack of records about women artists during the fifteenth century. Sarah dunant is a cultural commentator, award-winning thriller writer and author of five novels set in renaissance italy exploring women’s lives through art, sex and religion she has two daughters, and lives in london and florence. One of her most recent novels, the birth of venus, is set in florence at the time of lorenzo de’ medici and relates the story of alessandra, the artistic daughter of a wealthy florentine cloth merchant.
The birth of venus is a tour de force, the first historical novel from one of britain’s most innovative writers of literary suspense it brings alive the history of florence at its most dramatic period, telling a compulsively absorbing story of love, art, religion, and power through the passionate voice of alessandra, a heroine with the same. Preconceived notions about the book: the back mentions a young painter who is affiliated with the main character's family in florence this tidbit, together with the book's title, made me wonder if perhaps that young painter would turn out to be botticelli, who painted the birth of venus you see below. Sarah dunant writer, critic and broadcaster who lives between london and florence her novels of the italian renaissance include the birth of venus and in the company of the courtesan. Sarah dunant is a writer, broadcaster and critic she was a founding vice patron of the orange prize for women's fiction, sits on the editorial board of the royal academy magazine, and reviews for the times, the guardian, and the independent on sunday.
The novel is set in renaissance florence the sense of time and place is profound author julia's books posted on june 16, 2018 june 20, 2018 categories book reviews tags blog, books, historical fiction, italy the birth of venus 2 thoughts on “book review: “the birth of venus” by sarah dunant” pingback: winding up the week #24. The transformation of florence, italy in the birth of venus, a novel by sarah dunant (1895 words, 7 pages) a humanist analysis of the birth of venus the birth of venus by sarah dunant is a historical fiction novel set in florence, italy shortly after the renaissance.