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Michelle Lovric

Autor(a) de The Floating Book

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About the Author

Michelle Lovric writes, researches, and design-illustrated anthologies and Children's books. She splits her time between London and Venice. (Bowker Author Biography)
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Obras por Michelle Lovric

The Floating Book (2003) 426 exemplares
How to insult, abuse & insinuate in classical Latin (1998) — Autor — 400 exemplares
The Book of Human Skin (2010) 270 exemplares
Love Letters: An Anthology of Passion (1995) — Editor — 265 exemplares
The Remedy (2005) 221 exemplares
The Undrowned Child (2009) 196 exemplares
Carnevale (2001) 137 exemplares
How to Write Love Letters (1995) 129 exemplares
Venice: Tales of the City (2003) 63 exemplares
Latin Stuff and Nonsense (1994) 63 exemplares
The Mourning Emporium (2010) 56 exemplares
The Virago Book of Christmas (2002) — Editor — 52 exemplares
Oriental Love Poems (2003) 46 exemplares
Birds: An Illustrated Treasury (1992) 23 exemplares
Women's Wicked Wisdom (2004) 20 exemplares
The Insult & Curse Book (2002) 19 exemplares
Cats an Illustrated Treasury (1992) 16 exemplares
The Scoundrel's Dictionary (1976) 13 exemplares
Love: An Illustrated Treasury (1992) 13 exemplares
More Women's Wicked Wit (2004) 13 exemplares
Talina in the Tower (2012) 12 exemplares
Cleopatra's face : fatal beauty (2001) 10 exemplares
Women: An Illustrated Treasury (1993) 8 exemplares
Olympic Bear (1994) 7 exemplares
The Fate in the Box (2013) 7 exemplares
The Wishing Bones (2019) 7 exemplares
Horses: An Illustrated Treasury (1994) 6 exemplares
Victorian Christmas (1995) 6 exemplares
Melissa Mouse Moves House (1994) 5 exemplares
Ladies' Bits 3 exemplares
The Waters' Daughter (2020) 2 exemplares
Great Domestic Disaster (2001) 2 exemplares
The Little Book of Dogs (2000) 2 exemplares
All Occasion Year Book (1992) 2 exemplares
Karneval (2003) 1 exemplar
Victorian Card Kit (1996) 1 exemplar
Weibersprüche (1999) 1 exemplar
Getting Even 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Venice Noir (2012) — Contribuidor — 56 exemplares


Conhecimento Comum

Data de nascimento
20th century
Local de nascimento
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Locais de residência
London, England, UK
Venice, Italy



My first DNC of the year. This is one of the first books I started in 2012, and 4 weeks later am just over half way through. I'm only reading the odd, short, chapter here and there and it's becoming a chore to read.

It's not a bad book - Venetian woman, married to a German printer in the 1400s when printing is just beginning to take off in Venice, and trying to publish a long forgotten Roman poet. It's told in many different "Voices" including that of the wife, the husband, the Roman poet. Throw in a scarred Dalmatian Jewess with a penchant for sex with semi-strangers (who are not her husband), rich men, engravers, jewellers, haunted houses and this should be a great story....just tough for me to get through… (mais)
nordie | 11 outras críticas | Oct 14, 2023 |
A "feisty yarn" set in the 19th century in Ireland, with dialogue in thick Oirish brogue, with lots of research blunders (or perhaps the author simply didn't care?). Not my cup of tea.
anglemark | 4 outras críticas | Sep 26, 2023 |
‘Hic Liber Cute Compactus Est’ (p. 143)

‘Why are we all doing our best to become angels? It is perhaps because we shall always have something shadowy in our consciences ...’ ( p. 459)

Books with the cover made of human skin, and behind this Gothic library there is Minguillo Fasan. Against this project of books of human skin there is an obstacle: Marcella, Minguillo’s sister.

The Book of Human Skin is narrated from five main characters’ points of view: Minguillo and his sister Marcella Fasan (a noble family of Venice), Gianni delle Boccole (House Fasan’s butler), Sor Loreta (nun in Arequipa’s convent, Peru`), and Doctor Santo Aldobrandini.
Although this book could be categorized as historical fiction, we can find other genres: horror, romance, and especially Gothic fiction.
In the background Michelle Lovric’s passion for Venice: ‘marbled water cradled in the shadow of a bridge, a palazzo seeming to sway in a web of fretwork, ...’ (p. 181) or ‘ the play of water reflections under bridges and the cries of seagulls at dawn.’ (p. 438)
And from this Venetian’s water reflections towards the old wet brick’s walls in the calle (an alley of water) the destiny follows a path of magic; so when Minguillo’s father writes to his wife about the insanity of their son, Minguillo intercepts the letter and ‘I (Minguillo) had barely finished scanning it (the letter) when a fictitious gust of wind carried it out of the window and away down the Grand Canal before any inquisitive monkey might count his toes.’ (p. 78) Randomness and magic change everything and give birth to a new story.

Minguillo Fasan talking about his books: ‘When I say I loved books, I mean that I loved not just the souls of my books but their bodies.’ (p. 39) or ‘Late at night, did Minguillo books of human leather talk among themselves?’ (p. 285) Minguillo a sadistic man remind the first pages of Les Chants de Maldoror by Comte de Lautréamont: ‘One should let one’s fingernails grow for fifteen days. etc etc’ His dreams are collecting books of human skin and living for ever in Palazzo Espagnol.

Marcella Fasan is a patient sister whose Kafkian life goes from a tormented cohabitation in Palazzo Espagnol in Venice, to the hospital for lunatics, and finally in a convent in Peru`. She waits until her enemy (her brother) collapses; and again the human skin intervenes to correct imperfections: the small pox.

Gianni delle Boccole is depicted speaking a Celinian argot; an example: ‘so as not to draw saucespishon (= suspicion)’ (p. 393) He is the butler in Palazzo Espagnol and loves Marcella like a father.

Doctor Santo Aldobrandini explains why the human skin is so important: ‘Perhaps this is why I have always loved the skin: because it is both the story and the storyteller.’ (p. 21)

Sor Loreta hates her skin and body. She thinks to reach sainthood because of her behavior: drinking only vinegar and fighting every way of life outside the strict monastic rules. This character is surprising for her frankness and seemingly funny logical thinking.

A final note / quote: ‘Dio ha manda` l’om per (par) castigar l’om’; in my opinion a better translation could be: God created man to torment man. instead of God created man to shame man. (last page)
… (mais)
NewLibrary78 | 24 outras críticas | Jul 22, 2023 |
So I picked this book up because I hoped it would have mermaids and yes, it totally did have mermaids in, but that was not all! It had everything: mermaids that swore like sailors, evil seagulls, ghost both evil and nice, cats of all sizes with WINGS, statues coming to life, werewolves, darkelves, a great evil returning from beyond the grave, sharks ... basically it had so many magical creatures I lost count and it was amazing.

Venice is in trouble, and Teadora is the only one who can save it from turning into a swamp and having everyone dying. With the help of a magical book (YES, magical book!) and her snobbish but brave friend Renzo she sets out to stop a great evil ... by cursing at it.

I love long children's fantasy books. They have all the twists and turns and magic of any good fantasy book, but you don't have to deal with the dark and edgy topics of rape and shit that adults feel they need to include to have a good time. It's just fanastical story WITH MERMAIDS WHO SPEAKS LIKE PIRATES. I mean I can't stress that part enough.

Loved it. I really did.
… (mais)
upontheforemostship | 14 outras críticas | Feb 22, 2023 |



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