If Venice Dies [Paperback]

Item : If Venice Dies [Paperback]
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Author Author : Settis, Salvatore
ISBN-10 ISBN-10 : 1939931371
ISBN-13 ISBN-13 : 9781939931375
Publisher Publisher : New Vessel Press
Pages Pages : 180
Binding Binding : Paperback
Item ID : 100080557

Anyone interested in learning what is really going on in Venice should read this book.”—Donna Leon, author ofMy Venice and Other EssaysandDeath at La Fenice

What is Venice worth? To whom does this urban treasure belong? This eloquent book by internationally renowned art historian Salvatore Settis urgently poses these questions, igniting a new debate about the Queen of the Adriatic and cultural patrimony at large. Venetians are increasingly abandoning their hometown—there's now only one resident for every 140 visitors—and Venice's fragile fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. InIf Venice Dies, a fiery blend of history and cultural analysis, Settis argues that hit-and-run visitors are turning landmark urban settings into shopping malls and theme parks. This is a passionate plea to secure the soul of Venice, written with consummate authority, wide-ranging erudition and élan.

Salvatore Settisis an archaeologist and art historian and former director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He is chairman of the Louvre Museum's Scientific Council., Settis, often considered the conscience of Italy for his role in spotlighting its neglect of national heritage, is the author of several books on art history.


This powerful work of cultural criticism ... feels chock-full of insight. It shines a harsh light on the risks in the way we live, much as Jane Jacobs did in 'The Death and Life of Great American Cities' more than 50 years ago. The Washington Post

A chilling account of the slow agony of Venice as illustrative of a global consumerist epidemic. Richly documented and imbued with deep angst about this supreme urban creation. Philippe de Montebello, former director of the Metropolitan Museum ló˘

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