|By (author):||Park, Jacqueline|
|Series:||Grazia Dei Rossi Trilogy|
|Subject:||FICTION / Canadian|
|FICTION / Historical|
|FICTION / Literary|
|Publisher:||House of Anansi Press Inc|
|Size:||8.50in x 5.50in|
|From The Publisher*|
April, 1536. Danilo del Medigo arrives incognito in Venice from Istanbul, with two assassins from Suleiman the Magnificent's court hot on his trail. Western civilization is in crisis. Jews and "New Christians" - people whose families had converted from Judaism - are threatened with expulsion, imprisonment, and death. Danilo seeks refuge in the Venetian Ghetto, and promptly falls in love with the beautiful Miriamne Hazan.
But soon Danilo is blackmailed into becoming a spy for Venice, which means he must abandon Miriamne in order to save her. The only safe place for him is in plain sight, so he embeds himself with an itinerant group of actors travelling the Italian countryside. With assassins close behind and avalanches along his path, Danilo, together with a cast of libertines, courtesans, and fellow spies, witnesses the agony of the Renaissance: Protestants warring with Catholics, the Inquisition threatening everyone, and the Ottoman Empire poised to invade the heart of Europe. As fear and panic spread throughout the Jewish communities of Italy, a promise of a new lifeline emerges, and Danilo may be the only one who can ensure it. Will Danilo help rescue his fellow Jews, find his father, and be reunited with Miriamne Hazan?
|From The Publisher*||The long-awaited final novel in the bestselling Grazia dei Rossi Trilogy follows Grazia dei Rossi's only son, Danilo del Medigo, as he makes his return to the great Republic of Venice at the height of European Christendom's persecution of the Jews.|
PRAISE FOR JACQUELINE PARK AND THE LEGACY OF GRAZIA DEI ROSSI: "Delightfully evocative . . . rich in historical detail." - Globe and Mail "Park puts in place the literary pieces that ultimately form a beguiling fiction that is equal part youthful, hotheaded romance, and meticulous, detailed history . . . The book is a feast of concentrated, eye-opening detail." - Canadian Jewish News "Forbidden love, bravery, honour, battle, travel, intrigue, feasting: this book has it all." - National Post Afterword Reading Society
PRAISE FOR JACQUELINE PARK AND THE SECRET BOOK OF GRAZIA DEI ROSSI: "A sprawling historical novel that boasts its research on every page." - Elizabeth Renzetti, Globe and Mail "It is a rich Italian tapestry of human vices and virtues . . . in fact, all the irresistible elements of a fairy tale." - Toronto Star "Possessing a precise eye for detail and a superb sense of time and place, Park has produced a remarkable saga about life during the Renaissance . . . An imaginative work deserving a wide audience." - Winnipeg Free Press "A historical novel with a Renaissance Jewish heroine as captivating as Scarlett O'Hara. Simply irresistible." - Newsday "One is reluctant to close this window on a dramatic chapter of the distant past, or to part company with a woman so full of grace and gumption." - San Francisco Chronicle "Wonderful. An absolutely fascinating, compulsively readable novel about a sixteenth century woman who would be considered outstanding in any era." - Miami Herald "An epic book . . . Park's picture of the Renaissance is as incandescent as Italy's frescoes." - Detroit Free Press "Rich and impressive. Park has written a vivid novel of the dawn of modern times. Subtly complex and intensely readable, it is also very wise." - Philadelphia Inquirer "Park has written a superior piece of historical fiction, rich in Renaissance detail." - Dallas Morning News "Subtle and seductive . . . Park has created a lively, courageous, and introspective heroine. Through Grazia, she elucidates the intricate and perilous world of Italian Jews during the Renaissance, telling her spellbinding story with honesty and humour and meticulous historical accuracy." - Publishers Weekly, STARRED REVIEW "An exquisitely crafted evocation of Renaissance Italy. An engrossing and illuminating chronicle of one woman's lifelong quest to maintain a delicate balance between faith and expediency." - Booklist "The splendour and tumult of the Italian Renaissance live con brio in this page-turning tale . . . A story as rich as Raphael's tapestries . . . A genuine Renaissance woman memorably struts her stuff in a first novel that consummately mixes fact and fancy. Historical fiction at its best." - Kirkus Reviews
|Biographical Note||: |
JACQUELINE PARK (1925–2018) was the bestselling author of the Grazia dei Rossi Trilogy (The Secret Book of Grazia dei Rossi: Book 1, The Legacy of Grazia dei Rossi: Book 2, and Son of Two Fathers: Book 3). She was also the founding chairman of the Dramatic Writing Program and professor emerita at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.
GILBERT REID is a veteran television and radio producer and writer, who lived and worked for thirty years in Europe. He was nominated for a Gemini Award for Best Documentary Writing for Storming the Ridge, and for eleven years he was the Director of the Canadian Cultural Center in Rome. He has written for the Globe and Mail, the Times Literary Supplement, and many other publications, and he has interviewed such personalities as Robert Altman, Marguerite Duras, Sergio Leone, and Northrop Frye. He is the author of the critically acclaimed story collection So This Is Love. His short story, "Pavilion 24," was nominated for Best Fiction by the Canadian Magazine Awards. He lives in Toronto.