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This is an auction for THE FLOATING BOOK by M (Michelle) R Lovric.

"Lovric's big, lush novel follows a cast of characters in the Venice of 1486. Sosia Simeon, married to a Jewish doctor who is repulsed by her, finds comfort in the arms of other men. German-born Wendelin von Speyer comes to Venice to capitalize on the invention of the printing press. Sosia bewitches handsome young Bruno, Wendelin's editor, but it is the cold, disinterested Felice, his scribe, who captivates her. Wendelin falls in love with Lussieta, the beautiful daughter of a bookseller, and marries her. All of them are drawn in by the amorous poems of the Latin poet Catullus, which Wendelin intends to print. But though Catullus brings them together, the publication of his poems threatens to tear them apart: Fra Filippo de Strata, a Dominican friar, loathes the presses and makes it his mission to denounce the printers. Sosia's games with men begin to take their toll, and a fissure forms in the previously blissful marriage of Wendelin and Lussieta. Meticulous historical detail and a splendid, complex story make this memorable and moving."
- a *** starred *** review in Booklist (US)

"Lush, exotic and dripping with sensuality A fantastic novel of epic proportions."
- The Good Book Guide (UK)

"Opulent and ravishing - you find yourself thinking about the nature of obsession about witchcraft about Judaism, about the effects of the plague, prostitution, medicine hypocrisy, betrayal, loyalty and disgrace."
- Washington Post

Very favourable reviews on

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Large format (trade) paperback 2003.

490 pages.

New (unread) condition.

The cost of shipping is $4.95, or $6.40 by tracked mail. If you are on rural delivery and want tracked mail, the shipping cost will be $8.95.

There is of course no charge for shipping if you collect this book from my shop in Palmerston ?North following the auction.

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  • Seller location: Palmerston North, Manawatu, NZ

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