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Meticulously blending the concerns of her poetics into an exciting and mysterious work of fiction,The Venetian Papers of Ambrose A. is the daring new novel by celebrated poet and novelist Laurie Sheck. This stunning lyrical mix of fact and fiction loosens the boundaries between past and present as it offers an intimate look into the peculiar life of a man named Ambrose A. and those he comes to know as his story unfolds.Orphaned and hunchbacked since childhood, Ambrose has lived a reclusive life until one day he’s suddenly confronted with an odd request: that he travel to Venice in search of a lost notebook he can know nothing about. Though aware of the seeming absurdity of the task, he embarks on his mission. Once there, he is visited by the ethereal Frieda, a young woman executed as a murderess a century before who now guides him through the city and into the devastating Venetian Plague of 1557.His search eventually leads him through the Venetian Lagoon to the small island of San Servolo, also known as the Island of the Mad, where rummaging through a drawer in the old hospital, he discovers a notebook containing the letters and notes of two of the island’s former inhabitantsa woman suffering from a rare genetic illness which causes the afflicted to die of sleeplessness, and a man who experiences epileptic seizures. As the sleepless woman’s eyesight fails, she wants only one thingthat her epileptic friend read to her from Dostoevsky’s great novel, The Idiot, a book she loves but can no longer read.As Ambrose tells his tale, everything he has ever known or thought is called into question.
Number of Pages: 396
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Author: Laurie Sheck
Street Date: December 13, 2016
Item Number (DPCI): 248-31-4831