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MORRIS, J.: Venice (Unabridged)

Venice stands, as she loves to tell you, on the frontiers of the east and west, half-way between the setting and the rising sun. Goethe calls her ‘the market-place of the Morning and the Evening lands’. Certainly no city on earth gives a more immediate impression of symmetry and unity, or seems more patently born to greatness.

So Jan Morris remarks, with graceful literary distinction, on the qualities that have made Venice a unique place among the world’s great destinations. She has known it intimately for over six decades. She knows its history, its carvings, its idiosyncrasies, its weather and all the Doges of the past. She returns even now, never tiring of this ‘dappled city, tremulous and flickering’. She first wrote Venice in praise of it 50 years ago and has revised the book three times. To open this premiere audiobook recording, Jan Morris reads a personal introduction which perfectly distils a lifetime’s fascination with La Serenissima.



Disc 1

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   Introduction by Jan Morris 00:08:20
2.   Venice by Jan Morris read by Sebastian Comberti 00:05:08
3.   The estuaries of three virile rivers first formed… 00:05:17
4.   The People – Chapter 1: Islanders 00:07:49
5.   She was never loved. 00:06:14
6.   Chapter 2: The Venetian Way 00:06:23
7.   The Venetian custom is the criterion of good sense… 00:06:39
8.   This self esteem makes for narrow horizons and short focuses. 00:06:55
9.   Chapter 3: Strong Men 00:06:11
10.   They are sharp businessmen still. 00:05:39
11.   The Republic was sustained, too… 00:08:44
12.   Under the Republic none of these working men had any share… 00:05:37


Disc 2

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   At the other end of the scale there remain the aristocrats… 00:07:25
2.   The patrician was not allowed to refuse an appointment… 00:08:22
3.   Chapter 4: The Truth Not to Everyone 00:06:37
4.   More casual pilferers haunt the water - buses… 00:07:23
5.   He might also represent the Venetian Nosey Parker… 00:04:06
6.   Chapter 5: On Women 00:06:08
7.   Other classes of Venetian women were not so sheltered… 00:07:12
8.   Chapter 6: Minor Venetians 00:05:11
9.   Even more, I sometimes think, do the Venetians love… 00:04:49
10.   One Venetian cat became an international celebrity. 00:04:21
11.   There used to be many horses and mules in Venice… 00:06:52
12.   There are many dogs in Venice. 00:06:56
13.   Chapter 7: Pageantries and Panaceas 00:02:26


Disc 3

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   The most memorable of all such galas was arranged… 00:04:10
2.   Venice is not quite so sumptuous nowadays… 00:07:29
3.   Half a century later another Patriarch of Venice became Pope… 00:07:29
4.   Venice used to be a great place for love potions… 00:06:36
5.   Chapter 8: Poi Christiani 00:05:47
6.   'Are you a Venetian' I once asked a saintly Dominican… 00:07:41
7.   Today the worst is probably over. 00:06:34
8.   If the Venetians are not always devout, they are usually kind. 00:05:56
9.   There is a trace of the morbid to this soft - heartedness. 00:06:10
10.   Chapter 9: Minorities 00:08:53
11.   At the other end of the city… 00:07:17
12.   For a taste of Venetian Englishry… 00:05:04


Disc 4

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   Chapter 10: Melancholia 00:07:01
2.   No wonder Napoleon swept her aside. 00:06:08
3.   Since then she has been a port, an art centre… 00:07:33
4.   The City – Chapter 11: Ex Island 00:06:45
5.   Away to the west, beyond the railway station… 00:07:13
6.   Chapter 12: Streets Full of Water 00:06:31
7.   The canals, some of which have ninth - century origins… 00:05:03
8.   A wonderful variety of boats has been developed… 00:05:45
9.   The water transport of Venice is easy - going… 00:06:09
10.   Different indeed is the character of the gondola… 00:06:56
11.   A gondola is very expensive to build… 00:07:33
12.   Chapter 13: Stones of Venice 00:06:33


Disc 5

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   The lanes are often beguilingly unpredictable… 00:02:41
2.   Long centuries ago the Venetians, looking around them… 00:07:27
3.   Many stories testify to the pride… 00:06:10
4.   Do not think, either, that Venice has no gardens. 00:05:31
5.   The early Venetian bridges were used by horses and mules… 00:07:09
6.   Chapter 14: City Services 00:05:51
7.   There are a few traffic notices in Venice… 00:08:43
8.   Everybody dies in Venice. 00:06:45
9.   Marvellously evocative is a winter funeral in Venice. 00:06:16
10.   The marble - workers who erect the fancy mausoleums… 00:05:48
11.   Chapter 15: Age 00:06:20
12.   When the most famous of them all fell down… 00:05:22
13.   In a matter of moments it was all over… 00:04:56


Disc 6

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   Today many a campanile is supported… 00:07:48
2.   Chapter 16: The Bestiary 00:04:22
3.   An altogether different, gentler kind of derangement… 00:08:57
4.   Bestial, too, were the men of Venice… 00:07:56
5.   Venice scarcely needs fables to strengthen her strain… 00:04:47
6.   On San Michele is buried the French painter Leopold Robert… 00:05:36
7.   Chapter 17: Arabesques 00:06:42
8.   More often, though, the allusions of Venice are arabesque… 00:07:38
9.   In Venice you can enjoy the pleasures of the Orient… 00:07:11
10.   Venice is no longer the supreme city of music… 00:05:16
11.   There is no drink that feels organic to Venice… 00:06:41
12.   Chapter 18: The Seasons 00:05:58


Disc 7

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   All is dank, swirling, desolate. 00:04:23
2.   And then one morning the spring arrives. 00:06:41
3.   With a thud, a babble of voices and a crinkle… 00:06:42
4.   Confronted by these multitudes… 00:05:35
5.   But though crowds do not suit some parts of the city… 00:05:54
6.   Chapter 19: New on the Rialto 00:05:42
7.   In its great centuries Venice was more than a mere spectacle… 00:05:06
8.   Above the stalls of San Giacomo… 00:04:52
9.   Chapter 20: Curiosities 00:06:06
10.   Venice is thickly encrusted with the stranger ornaments… 00:07:02
11.   Venetian art, too, is rich in curiosities. 00:06:36
12.   In the adjacent picture, another naval battle… 00:04:57
13.   Then there are the curiosities of politics and diplomacy. 00:06:55
14.   Other nooks of Venetian oddity are almost out of range… 00:02:58


Disc 8

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   A pair of baby seagulls, perhaps, lives beneath the poop… 00:02:34
2.   Chapter 21: To the Prodigies 00:07:10
3.   Consider next the southern ward of Dorsoduro… 00:05:58
4.   But when all is said, and nearly all is done… 00:05:43
5.   No two churches are starker, pinker, loftier… 00:05:44
6.   Chapter 22: Purposes 00:08:55
7.   The prime advantages of Venice lie, as both sides agree… 00:05:54
8.   The Lagoon – Chapter 23: Seventh Sea 00:07:17
9.   Thus the lagoon is partly an artificial phenomenon… 00:05:43
10.   Chapter 24: The Office of a Moat 00:07:53
11.   It was eight centuries before the next enemy set foot… 00:06:49
12.   Thus the city has been spared the worst of war… 00:09:04


Disc 9

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   Out beside the great sea - gates… 00:03:11
2.   Chapter 25: Navigation 00:06:01
3.   Like the canals of the city, the navigational channels… 00:05:12
4.   Another new canal, to the north of Venice… 00:03:55
5.   Chapter 26: On the Edge 00:07:30
6.   Progress, though, has recently struck Cavallino… 00:06:56
7.   Chapter 27: Island Towns 00:07:18
8.   Certainly it is a building of symbolic significance… 00:05:51
9.   Many other islands of the lagoon have had their eras… 00:06:23
10.   Very different is the spirit of Murano… 00:05:20
11.   All this is a pity… 00:06:36
12.   Chapter 28: Holy Waters 00:06:01
13.   In the museum upstairs there is a fine Egyptian mummy… 00:06:27


Disc 10

  Venice (Unabridged)
1.   San Lazzaro is always on the move. 00:05:08
2.   Chapter 29: Dead and Alive 00:06:29
3.   Other inshore islands are less haunted… 00:08:04
4.   Mazzorbo is a backwater of quite another kind. 00:07:12
5.   Chapter 30: The Sacred Bulwarks 00:05:21
6.   Beside the porto, and visible far out to sea… 00:04:24
7.   Among these old and mellowed things… 00:06:10
8.   The gusto of the Lido fades as you sail southwards… 00:05:07
9.   Chapter 31: Lost 00:08:24
10.   Embarkation 00:04:53
11.   All this strikes me as odd… 00:07:21
12.   It is partly a matter of texture. 00:04:31

Total Playing Time: 13:00:49






Author(s):
Morris, Jan

Reader(s):
Comberti, Sebastian

Label: Naxos AudioBooks

Genre: Non-Fiction

Catalogue No: NAX27112

Barcode: 9789626342718

Physical Release: 2010

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