Lucia by Andrea di Robilant audiobook

Lucia: A Venetian Life in the Age of Napoleon

By Andrea di Robilant
Read by Stephen Hoye

Tantor Audio 9780571233175

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9798200135493

  • ISBN: 9798200135486

  • ISBN: 9798200135509

Runtime: 11.88 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

In 1787, Lucia, the beautiful sixteen-year-old daughter of a prominent Venetian statesman, is married off to Alvise Mocenigo, scion of one of the most powerful Venetian families. But their life as a golden couple will be suddenly transformed when Venice falls to Bonaparte. As the larger events unfolding around Lucia mingle with her most personal concerns, we witness—through her letters to her sister and other primary sources—her painful series of miscarriages and the pressure on her to produce an heir; her impassioned affair with an Austrian officer and its stunning results; the glamour and strain of her career as a hostess in Hapsburg Vienna and lady-in-waiting at the court of Napoleon's stepson, Prince Eugène de Beauharnais, as well as her intimate relationship with the Empress Joséphine; and her amazing firsthand account of the defeat of Napoleon in Paris in 1814. In her later years, Lucia, regal and still beautiful and a bit battle-hardened herself, was Byron's landlord during the poet's stay in Venice. In a fitting finale to this sweeping drama, Lucia stands as a relic of a lost golden age: she created, in part, the aura that gave rise to the Romantic view of Italy and its culture that we still nourish today. With the brave and articulate Lucia at the center of his re-creation of this remarkable historical period, Andrea di Robilant has once again reached across the centuries, and deep into his own past, to bring history to rich and vivid life on the page.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

Narrator Stephen Hoye is an excellent choice to carry the sweep of this historical drama.... His impressive and convincing range of emotion and inflection makes this sprawling narrative clear and easy to follow. AudioFile

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Author

Author Bio: Andrea di Robilant

Author Bio: Andrea di Robilant

Andrea di Robilant was born in Italy and educated at Le Rosey and Columbia University, where he specialized in international relations. He lives in Rome with his wife and two children and works for the Italian newspaper La Stampa.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 11.88
Audience: Adult
Language: English