In The Company Of The Courtesan (cd-bok)
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Tom Hollander
352m min
Abridged ed
Little, Brown Book Group
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In The Company Of The Courtesan (cd-bok)

In The Company Of The Courtesan

CD-bok Engelska, 2006-01-01
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1527. While the Papal city of Rome burns - brutally sacked by an invading army including Protestant heretics - two of her most interesting and wily citizens slip away, their stomachs churning on the jewels they have swallowed as the enemy breaks down their doors. Though almost as damaged as their bellowed city, Fiammetta Bianchini and Bucino Teodoldi - a fabulous courtesan and her dwarf companion - are already planning their future. They head for the shimmering beauty of Venice, a honey pot of wealth and trade where they start to rebuild their business. As a partnership they are invincible: Bucino, clever with a sharp eye and a wicked tongue and Fiammetta, beautiful and shrewd, trained from birth to charm, entertain and satisfy men who have the money to support her. Venice, however, is a city which holds its own temptations. From the admiring Turk in search of human novelties for his Sultan's court, to the searing passion of a young lover who wants more than his allotted nights. But the greatest challenge comes from a young blind woman, a purveyor of health and beauty, who insinuates her way into their lives and hearts with devastating consequences for them all.
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You can't fault a novel that begins "Italy, 1526" and, narrated with suppressed fury by Tom Hollander, it only gets better... This is a wonderful novel: constructed by a craftsman and, except that it is quite rude, perfect to listen to on a long drive to Italy... [Hollander] is a brilliant narrator, able to capture the stroppy anger of a dwarf perfectly' Telegraph 'Tom Hollander's seductive tones enhance the heady sensuousness of the Venetian world, as rich in carnality, intrigue and deception as it is in the stench of its fetid waters.' Observer 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 ... Dunant has a sharp eye for the tawdry attractions of the carn Michael Arditti, Daily Mail In the Company of the Courtesan demonstrates again Dunant's fascination with Renaissance Italy. The novel is avidly researched, but Dunant adds life to the 'true story through her colourful characters. Most interesting is the sexual politics of the time, particularly the presentation of the daily habits of a courtesan, a lifestyle fuelled by greed and pleasure' Claudia Webb, Financial Times 'The backdrop is the real success. Historical and geographical details are used sparingly and the effect is lovely. Almost in passing, we discover that Fiametta is the model for Titian's sensual Venus of Urbino. Venice's glassmaking features in a jewel fo

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Sarah Dunant has written eight novels, edited two books of essays and worked widely in television, radio and in print. Her most recent novel, the bestselling The Birth of Venus, has been the subject of major acclaim both here and in the United States. She lives in London and Florence.