The Passion

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Publisher Description

The New York Times–bestselling author interweaves the destinies of Napoleon’s cook and an enigmatic Venetian woman in this “arresting, elegant novel” (Publishers Weekly).

A faithful soldier of the Grande Armée, Henri is given the honor of serving meals to Napoleon himself. After all, Henri is short—and no one over five-foot-two ever serves the emperor. But when following his revered leader brings him to near-starvation in Russia’s frozen winter, Henri is disillusioned and desperate for escape.

The web-footed daughter of a Venetian boatman, Villanelle has long been acquainted with the advantages of dishonesty. Trust hasn’t been her strong suit since her heart was stolen—literally—by a noblewoman she once loved.

Soon these two will meet their shared destiny in the chaotic carnival that is early 19th century Venice. In The Passion, Whitbread Award-winning author Jeanette Winterson delivers a “historical novel quite different from any other” (Vanity Fair).

“Recalls García Márquez . . . Magical touches dance like highlights over the brilliance of this fairy tale about passion, gambling, madness, and androgynous ecstasy.” —Edmund White

GENRE
Fiction & Literature
RELEASED
2007
December 1
LANGUAGE
EN
English
LENGTH
176
Pages
PUBLISHER
Grove Atlantic
SELLER
OpenRoad Integrated Media, LLC
SIZE
7
MB

Customer Reviews

MoPhilO ,

A Delight that You Probably Don’t Want to Miss

This is one of my all time favorite books. I return to it again and again as the years have passed since I first read it as a college student. It struck every chord in my wild heart. Each character felt instantly familiar. Their wisdoms and follies were the life I dreamed of having, in some way, in my own way, which I had yet to live. Now, in my mid 50’s, the beauty of this book is different to me, yet no less inspiring; the characters old friends that know me as well as I know them. Trust me. I’m telling you stories.

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