“I am sorry… Books with the essence of happiness are rare. Signiore Francesco says that they are so rare that you must pay a fortune to buy them. I, on the other hand, say that in order for a book of happiness to reveal itself to you, you must first have made your way through all the other essences. To have read many… otherwise how are you to know that that which you hold is happiness?” Venice. A bookstore very different from any other. A bookstore where you choose books based on the aroma (essence) that they smell and with the help of little Irene, who doesn’t know how to read. A captivating world, of countless editions, rare and new, which are delivered at midnight by gondola by a man dressed in black. Romanos, the Greek with heretic blood, searches old manuscripts and scrolls with a passion, at the same time dragging with him a catastrophic romance with beautiful Elisabeta. Behind the half-open grilles of a famous brothel, unnoticed by anyone, the Signiora pulls the strings and interferes with other people’s lives… But when the tide approaches and the waters of the lagoon rise, the city sheds tears to try and wash away a great sin that bears on the shoulders of the guilty and the innocent. A stunning novel about the mysterious world of human relations with the atmospheric and erotic city of Venice as its backdrop.
By Sofia Voikou. 472 pages. Paperback. Imported. Psichogios publications.