If Venice Dies by Salvatore Settis

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It is Mr. Settis’s prerogative to write a book that privileges philosophy over policy. But “If Venice Dies” is practically devoid of history, a criminal oversight for a polemic that makes such an impassioned case for history’s value.
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"Anyone interested in learning what is really going on in Venice should read this book.”—Donna Leon, author of My Venice and Other Essays and Death at La Fenice

What is Venice worth? To whom does this urban treasure belong? This eloquent book by internationally renowned art historian Salvatore Settis urgently poses these questions, igniting a new debate about the Queen of the Adriatic and cultural patrimony at large. Venetians are increasingly abandoning their hometown—there's now only one resident for every 140 visitors—and Venice's fragile fate has become emblematic of the future of historic cities everywhere as it capitulates to tourists and those who profit from them. In If Venice Dies, a fiery blend of history and cultural analysis, Settis argues that "hit-and-run" visitors are turning landmark urban settings into shopping malls and theme parks. This is a passionate plea to secure the soul of Venice, written with consummate authority, wide-ranging erudition and élan.

Salvatore Settis is an archaeologist and art historian and former director of the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He is chairman of the Louvre Museum's Scientific Council., Settis, often considered the conscience of Italy for his role in spotlighting its neglect of national heritage, is the author of several books on art history.


 

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Salvatore Settis is an archaeologist and art historian who has directed the Getty Research Institute of Los Angeles and the Scuola Normale Superiore of Pisa. He is chairman of the Louvre Museum's Scientific Council. Considered the conscience of Italy for his role in spotlighting its neglect of the national cultural heritage, Settis’s name has been mentioned frequently for the post of minister of culture and Italian president. He is the author of several books on art history as well as a regular contributor to major Italian newspapers and magazines.
 
Published August 22, 2016 by New Vessel Press. 180 pages
Genres: History, Political & Social Sciences, Arts & Photography, Travel. Non-fiction
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Reviewed by Jennifer Senior on Nov 23 2016

It is Mr. Settis’s prerogative to write a book that privileges philosophy over policy. But “If Venice Dies” is practically devoid of history, a criminal oversight for a polemic that makes such an impassioned case for history’s value.

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