My VENICE

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ABOUT THE BOOK MY VENICE

"An intimate look at the Myth, History and the magic of its Arts"

"...I liked the way the city had attracted my attention. But, in order to discover it, I asked it to stop hiding behind its masks. I wanted it real. To allow me to discover its secrets, understand its problems and hold a direct conversation with it. And it was promised to me, and all disguises were thrown off as our conversation began..."

A trip through time, myth, History, the magic of Art and life is what Barbara Athanassiadis manages to achieve with the discerning eye of an experienced traveller.  It is the same eye that captured reflections of Italy in her earlier narratives, the books A Year in Tuscany and Feeling Rome.

My Venice
is the final book left to complete her unique literary trilogy that approaches time, place and people, both in the past and in the present.  Without directing our steps, the author transports us through the canals, the narrow streets and the squares of Venice, and she focuses our attention on works of Nature and Art, drawing on legends and historical omissions.

The “Winged Lion” leisurely embraces the shoulders of our romantic heroine, and the “Seagull’s Flight” even reaches the “Empress Sissy in Venice”. The “Tiny Murano Spheres” roll down and stop before “The Fork of the Byzantine Princess”, “Torcello” flirts with the “Venetian Women in the Harem”…

The eBook is illustrated with colourful photos.

Watch the YouTube book trailer video My VENICE: 
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BOOK REVIEWS


"Barbara must have been very much in love with Venice, because I know that for many years she has desired to write this book. She visited the city many times in the fall and stayed for long periods in order to internalize all that she describes expertly afterwards, providing the reader with her interesting reflections on the streets, the innumerable bridges and the countless churches, but also a wonderful lesson in History and an eye-catching look at its mysterious and sensual Art. We all know what Venice is for “art lovers”. Reading her book, it is obvious that she had an exclusive dialogue with the Serenissima, in order for its magic to penetrate inside her and then to be able to narrate her intimate relationship within this dreamy city. I particularly liked the point when she asked Venice not to hide behind its masks, but to throw aside its touristic veils and be revealed to her without any secrets."

Lydia Mastronikolis, President of the Friends of the Cultural Association "Hellenic World"

 
"Attentive to the Venetian glances of  Barbara Athanassiadis’ book, I  realized an emotional escalation, as the author is quite literal with her title: MY VENICE. This is indeed her own Venice, with the meaning not so much of her subjective glance or the focus on what selectively charms her, but in the particular way she sees things, looking towards the view of many sights, and not really seeing them.  She wanders amongst her favorite places and drags my gaze to colors and sensations without guiding it .  Just as charmingly, she approximates aspects of everyday life in her extra-literary life, calmly, with a nonchalance and always with a smile.  Just as spontaneously, and naturally, she unfolds the myth in which she dresses her wanderings.  Motives, thoughts, quests, reactions of her heroes, occur nearly as obviously... By reading her book, we follow the confessional narration  of a friend, where the intimacy of her voice is entrusted to our ears."

Helen Kritika , Book Critic

 
"Through the narration of Barbara Athanassiadis, I discovered in fact that Venice is inside her, hence the title: MY VENICE. While our friendship has bonded us for years, I was truly touched by her book. It's as if she has taken me by the hand and together we stroll this fairytale town; either when the fog envelops it , or when the pink color of its sunset embraces it.  Barbara's spontaneous and mature descriptions have spurred my curiosity to such an extent that I feel a strong desire to actually go to Venice and see the places that have inspired her. I consider myself lucky when I fall upon such a book.  The narrative makes me travel and look at places I have heard about countless times in a fresh and novel way ... all while I sit comfortably in my armchair."

Zoe Kyriakou, Radio Producer, “Easy 97,2”. Athens, Greece

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About the author


Barbara Athanassiadis is the author of seven novels, including three travel narratives on Italy: "A Year in Tuscany" (2007), "Feeling Rome" (2009) and "My Venice" (2014), which make up a trilogy on three major Italian cities of Art. Her latest other books are: “India and my Persian garden” (2016), “Cruising on the Ocean Majesty” (2016) and “Greece, The Dance of the Seas” (2018), which have been published in English, Italian, Greek, German and French. She divides her time between Rome and Athens. 

Author's website:  http://www.barbaraathanassiadis.it/

Author's YouTube video Playlists:  
https://www.youtube.com/user/barbaraathanassiadis/playlists

 

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Publisher
AA Publishing
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Published on
Aug 12, 2014
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Pages
175
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ISBN
9780992117498
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Language
English
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Genres
Art / European
Literary Collections / European / Italian
Travel / Essays & Travelogues
Travel / Europe / General
Travel / Europe / Italy
Travel / General
Travel / Reference
Travel / Special Interest / Adventure
Travel / Special Interest / Literary
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GREECE, The Dance of the Seas

"An intimate look at the Myth, History and the magic of the Greek Islands"

The travel writer transports us from the most western island of Greece, Corfu, to the most eastern island, Kastellorizo.  A trip through space, time, myth and History. The magic of the Greek seas and the picturesque Greek islands as seen through the discerning eye of an experienced traveller.

Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of GREECE, The Dance of the Seas:
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvzgQlqVS0d20aPpUZd2pxA


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“The Aegean. I wondered how the islanders of the ancient world had seen it.  A sea both vast and familiar. The entire planet spread out before them. In our times, distances mean nothing. We fly from Athens to Rhodes or Crete in less than forty-five minutes. The same is true of the Cyclades. We reach a certain height and, five minutes later, it’s time to descend. But in ancient times?”

 “As we left Tinos behind us, I saw the sun, an intense, flaming ball, rise over the sea, and a molten ray of sunlight coming in our direction, as if to push us in the direction of Delos. The hull of the sailboat broke effortlessly through the dancing waves and I felt the energy of the ancient gods invisibly pass through me, pleasurably removing me from my physical body and turning me into a seagull: sea, air, time stood still and ...”

“I am a traveller, not a poet, but if I am able to transport you to poetry, to melody and to the balanced movement of the body, it is because of the great joy that I feel when I swim in the waters of Corfu. It is something that comes spontaneously and fills the heart to bursting here, swimming in the little coves with the emerald waters resulting from the reflection of the cypresses as they climb up the white rocks. The sea that surrounds these rocks is an intense shade of turquoise, and its surface is as smooth as silk…”

GREECE, The Dance of the Seas – a must-read book for every true traveller


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The intriguing look we capture in Barbara's other travel books is clearly seen in the pages of her new book, GREECE The Dance of the Seas. It is a pleasant and easy-to-read journey, I would say a diachronic literary cruise in our seas, from Corfu, the lush island with the grand old estates in the Ionian Sea, to the tiny island-jewel of Kastellorizo, just two miles off the coast of Asia Minor.

The book is enriched with historical elements while the descriptions are written with a characteristic romantic mood, brilliance, humour, and a lot of love for the place that gave birth to the author. By reading her book, you also feel that you are travelling with Barbara in the blue waters of the Ionian and the Aegean. Close your eyes, indulge in the game of fantasy and enjoy your journey seduced by the magic of the Greek seas.

A must-have travel book for any true lover of the islands of Greece


Eugene Pierris, Author



Barbara has her own particular style of writing, but also her historical narrative is well-researched and documented. She travels through the centuries, while in her wanderings and explorations she includes us, her friends, as companions and co-players. In her book she dances, not only in reality, enchanted by the magic of our seas - hence the title GREECE, The Dance of the Seas, but she dances mentally as well, conceiving a slightly fictional tale with a poetic mood and theatricality.


In this choreography of the islands, spread over the Ionian and Aegean Seas, Barbara lures us, the readers, to travel and dance deep in space and time following the rhythms of her pen as she makes her own experiences become ours. I could say that the adventure of her sea-journey reaches the limits of self-awareness. An inward journey that she is challenging us to make because her writing gives its own lighting to the places she visits, or better, she gives her own literary lens to the particular aspects of the islands she explores, while she lets us do our own reading and gain our own personal experience.


A book that any foreign visitor to the Greek islands must read.


Evita Baltas, Poet



Barbara!!  How nice that we travelled together from Corfu, which I visited in 1965 on a school excursion and and have since been to many times as I love it, to the unknown to me Kastelorizo on the easternmost part of the Aegean Sea of which our good friend Constantina and her father years ago talked abundantly and were calling me to visit. Kastelorizo is also associated with the unrealised desire of my friend Gianni Versace to acquire a house on the island... As you see, your book has brought memories well-kept in my soul.


What a talent to convey such pictures, feelings, colours and perfumes!  Each time, your readers are waiting to travel with you, to be charmed by your stories, to reveal to them hidden events of History!


When is your next book out? 


Dimitris Tsitouras, Art Collector


At its most expansive, the Roman Empire stretched from the British Isles to Egypt; Rome was the ancient world's greatest superpower. Roman Architecture: A Visual Guide is an illustrated introduction to the great buildings and engineering marvels of Rome and its empire. Published as a companion volume to Diana E. E. Kleiner's course on Roman Architecture given through Coursera (first offered in January 2014 but based on a class she has long taught at Yale), this enhanced e-book explores not only Rome but also buildings preserved at Pompeii, Herculaneum, Ostia, Tivoli, North Italy, Sicily, France, Spain, Germany, Greece, Turkey, Croatia, Jordan, Lebanon, and North Africa. Beginning with the birth of Rome as an Iron Age village, Roman Architecture traces the growth and expansion of the Roman Empire through its cities, which featured civic, religious, commercial, entertainment, and residential districts in the urban setting. A valuable resource for both the student and the traveler, Roman Architecture features over 250 photographs and site plans of the most intriguing and consequential buildings in the Roman Empire. These are presented from the fresh perspective of an author who has journeyed to nearly all of the sites, revealing most of them through her own digital images. In addition, this interactive e-book makes learning about these monuments easier than ever, with handy maps and geolocation links that show you just where the monuments are and, if you're traveling, how to get there. Suitable for the classroom and as a guidebook, Roman Architecture is a fascinating introduction to some of history's most compelling and influential architecture.

About the book INDIA and my Persian garden 

A must have book for any true traveller 

“…I was walking in a labyrinth of extreme beauty:  serene interior gardens; shady, covered verandahs; cool, marble loggias.  I’d climb up small towers and descend into yet another garden, where I ended up swinging on a sofa.  On either side were a pair of marble urns with rose petals floating prettily in the water…”  

 “…At other times we would be walking in the bazaars, going up a slight hill to the palace of the local maharajah, careful not to step on the baskets full of fruit, vegetables and spices being sold by women vendors, sitting cross-legged on the ground.  The vibrant colours of the saris of the shoppers surrounding them would form a flower garden that lay on the street…”  

“…There was no moon that night.  Instead, thousands of stars could be seen dazzling the night sky like so many diamonds while, on the opposite bank and beautifully lit up, was the City Palace, with all its domes, closed terraces and ledges with ornate windows.  As I gazed at it, I saw colours swirling in the water:  green; red; yellow...”  

“…I felt I was breathing an India of another time… an entire symphony of luminous diamonds, sapphires of the deepest blue, rubies the colour of pigeon’s blood, pink pearls and sea-green emeralds, most of which were set in gold… like in the tales of  A Thousand and One Nights…” 

The Jewel in the Crown of England in the 19th century, today India spreads its shine on the Globe. A feast of colours, landscapes and works of Art; a mosaic of ideas and people that bear the stamp of its ageless wisdom. Everything in superlatives in the Indian world, seen through the alteration of contrasts:  another order, both subversive and charming to the gaze of the traveller. 

The book is illustrated with colorful pictures. 

Watch the YouTube book trailer videos of INDIA and my Persian garden: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLrbC-aJ-0WKvgI0SRse-Ysx2PSDjd9L7u 
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