The Waters of Eternal Youth
Fifteen years ago, a teenage girl fell into a canal, almost drowned and suffered brain damage. Her rescuer was a passing alcoholic who claimed he saw her pushed into the water; yet next day he could remember nothing. Brunetti re-opens this old case – but is there a case to investigate?
First used in medieval Venice and prized for its manoeuvrability, the gondola evolved over the centuries into today's sleek, asymmetrical black boat. Illustrated with reproductions of views of Venice, Donna Leon's little book offers 'a new way to enter into the life of the city' through the stories of the gondola, its history, its makers and its songs. A CD of gondoliers' barcarole accompanies the book, recorded by Il Pomo d'Oro, with a special track by Cecilia Bartoli.