Jim Williams Scherzo

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Scherzo

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Set in Venice in the age of Voltaire, Casanova and Count Cagliostro, this tale of murder and deceit explores the darker side of Venetian life as well as evoking the splendour of its glittering facade. Young Signor Ludovico is a castrato opera singer struggling to live at the edge of society.

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Jim Williams' Scherzo takes us to the city of gondolas and masks in its most decadent period, to an 18th-century never-never land where dates and identities blur.
Williams has produced one of the more decorative historical thrillers of recent years and at the same time interestingly subverts the whole genre. The games intrinsic to thrillers are played with delicious frivolity. And yet, what is serious is the touching portrait of the vulnerable narrator Ludovico who gradually acquires self-respect amid the threats and contempt of his social superiors. --Roz Kaveney

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