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Through a Glass, Darkly ***SIGNED & DATED***

Donna Leon

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ISBN 10: 0871139375 / ISBN 13: 9780871139375
Published by Atlantic Monthly Press, NY, 2006
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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First Edition, First Printing with full number line. Signed, without inscription, and dated "18/05/06" (month of publication) by the author on the FULL title page. New unread Fine book in Fine dust jacket. Review copy with review materials laid in. NO remainder mark, NO previous owner markings or inscriptions, NOT price clipped. Dust jacket covered in Mylar wrapper. All books bubble wrapped and shipped in a sturdy box with Delivery Confirmation. Bookseller Inventory # 004405

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Title: Through a Glass, Darkly ***SIGNED & DATED***

Publisher: Atlantic Monthly Press, NY

Publication Date: 2006

Binding: Hard Cover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Signed: Signed and Dated By Author on the Full Title Page

Edition: 1st. Edition, 1st. Printing.

Book Type: Review Copy

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Synopsis:

Donna Leon opens doors to the hidden Venice like no one else. With her latest novel, Through a Glass, Darkly, Leon takes us inside the secretive island of Murano, home of the world-famous glass factories. On a luminous spring day in Venice, Commissario Brunetti and his assistant Vianello play hooky from the Questura in order to help Vianello's friend Marco Ribetti, arrested during an environmental protest. They secure his release, only to be faced by the fury of the man's father-in-law, Giovanni De Cal, a cantankerous glass factory owner who has been heard in the bars of Murano making violent threats about Ribetti. Brunetti's curiosity is piqued, and he finds himself drawn to Murano to investigate. Is De Cal the type of man to carry out his threats? Then one morning the body of De Cal's night watchman is found. Over long lunches, on secret boat rides, in quiet bars, and down narrow streets, Brunetti searches for the killer. Will he unravel the clues before the night watchman's death is allowed to be forgotten?

A fascinating novel set in the intersection between tourism and native Venetian society, Through a Glass, Darkly is Donna Leon at her finest.

About the Author:

A New Yorker of Irish/Spanish descent, Donna Leon first went to Italy in 1965, returning regularly over the next decade or so while pursuing a career as an academic in the States and then later in Iran, China and finally Saudi Arabia. It was after a period in Saudi Arabia, which she found ‘damaging physically and spiritually’ that Donna decided to move to Venice, where she has now lived for over twenty years.

Her debut as a crime fiction writer began as a joke: talking in a dressing room in Venice’s opera-house La Fenice after a performance, Donna and a singer friend were vilifying a particular German conductor. From the thought ‘why don’t we kill him?’ and discussion of when, where and how, the idea for Death at La Fenice took shape, and was completed over the next four months.

Donna Leon is the crime reviewer for the London Sunday Times and is an opera expert. She has written the libretto for a comic opera, entitled Dona Gallina. Set in a chicken coop, and making use of existing baroque music, Donna Gallina was premiered in Innsbruck. Brigitte Fassbaender, one of the great mezzo-sopranos of our time, and now head of the Landestheater in Innsbruck, agreed to come out of retirement both to direct the opera and to play the part of the witch Azuneris (whose name combines the names of the two great Verdi villainesses Azucena and Amneris).

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