The Lost Diary of Venice
The tale of two impossible love stories connected by one artistic legacy.
When a rare sixteenth-century treatise on art lands on her desk courtesy of William, a struggling painter, shy book restorer Rose makes a startling discovery: the manuscript is a palimpsest. Beneath the treatise is a different document, one that’s been scraped away and written over. Based on the remaining fragments, Rose is able to identify the undertext as the diary of Giovanni Lomazzo, a Venetian painter who has just been commissioned by Venice’s most powerful admiral to paint a portrait of his favourite courtesan.
A richly detailed page-turner that will hold your attention from the very beginning, this is a novel as concerned with the grim brutality of the sixteenth century, be it a courtesan in attendance at glittering masquerade balls, yet living in terror of advancing age, a governor preparing for bloody surrender, or a painter steadily losing his sight, as with the suspicious magic of alchemy, the science of the stars, and forbidden love.
Sophie Baker manages the translation rights for The Lost Diary of Venice
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