Sunday, 15 November 2009
Death in Venice
I heard an item on the Today programme ?yesterday about how the native population of Venice is shrinking because of tourism. I had already made this point in my review of two Venice books in the Guardian here: http://tinyurl.com/yjndrbe
John Humphries said that people came to Venice for the cultural experience. Donna Leon said crisply that they came to Venice to shop! (and that most of what they bought was made in China). What she and other Venice residents wanted was not to have to walk further all the time to buy food.
Francesco (Venice is like a woooman) da Mosto made an incomprehensible point about Venice needing to get a divorce from the land.
I remember when we rented a wonderful flat in Caneregio that there was a lovely deli, a bit like this, in the nearby market. I hope it's still there.
There have been so many books set in Venice. My own City of Masks, Michelle Lovric's The Undrowned Child, Cornelia Funke's The Thief Lord .. If you want to see a full list, use Jeff Cotton's wonderful site: http://www.fictionalcities.co.uk
I've read only one Donna Leon and didn't care for it but I liked the way she came across on Today. She has lived there for 20 years and should be able to buy her cheese locally.