The Glassblower of Murano: A Novel

Paperback | May 26, 2009

byMarina Fiorato

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Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In the present day his descendant, Leonora Manin, leaves an unhappy life in London to begin a new one as a glassblower in Venice. As she finds new life and love in her adoptive city, her fate becomes inextricably linked with that of her ancestor and the treacherous secrets of his life begin to come to light.

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Venice, 1681. Glassblowing is the lifeblood of the Republic, and Venetian mirrors are more precious than gold. Jealously guarded by the murderous Council of Ten, the glassblowers of Murano are virtually imprisoned on their island in the lagoon. But the greatest of the artists, Corradino Manin, sells his methods and his soul to the Sun King, Louis XIV of France, to protect his secret daughter. In ...

Marina Fiorato is half-Venetian and a history graduate of Oxford University and the University of Venice, where she specialized in the study of Shakespeare's plays as an historical source. She has worked as an illustrator, an actress, and a film reviewer, and designed tour visuals for rock bands including U2 and the Rolling Stones. Her historical fiction includes The Daughter of Siena, and The Botticelli Secret. Her...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:368 pages, 8.27 × 5.54 × 1 inPublished:May 26, 2009Publisher:St. Martin's PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0312386982

ISBN - 13:9780312386986

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good story This was an intriguing story and very informative about the glass blowing in Murana. The descriptions of Venice made one feel that they were actually in the city. Enjoyed this book immensely.
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glassblower of Murano Excellent book, it was full of historical facts as well as non historical intricate.
Date published: 2014-05-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Glassblower of Murano Excellent and riveting read! Fiorato wound the history around the present day expertly with each change in era bringing one closer to revelation of the whole story. I would have liked to see Leonora and her mother resolve their relationship or at least know that there had been some communication between them. Very well written with just a couple of places where I got lost wondering what happened.
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The Glassblower of Murano Excellent and riveting read! Fiorato wound the history around the present day expertly with each change in era bringing one closer to revelation of the whole story. I would have liked to see Leonora and her mother resolve their relationship or at least know that there had been some communication between them. Very well written with just a couple of places where I got lost wondering what happened.
Date published: 2014-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Glassblower of Murano Wow - a totally captivating story - and a good learning experience. Hard to put down.
Date published: 2014-04-15
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Glassblower of Murano Great reading..smooth..historical..thoroughly enjoyed the characters. The author used great care in melting the past with the present
Date published: 2014-03-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad overall Wasn't really a fan of the style of writing but having read Marina Firoato's The Bottecelli Secret (which was one I couldnt put down), I know her style gets better. Enjoyed the story, overall a good read. Good for a light, quick read over a weekend. Happy reading :)
Date published: 2011-08-26
Rated 3 out of 5 by from evocative debut novel The modern day characters and plot line are a little flat, a little predictable... but the story of Corradino the glassblower is fascinating and leaves you wanting more. The real magic of the story, however, is Venice itself. The author evokes Venice clearly, turning the city into a character all its own, magical and brooding. A beautiful novel, here's hoping the author grows into her writing. I look forward to reading her next novel.
Date published: 2009-07-24

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"When Nora had arrived in Venice she felt unmoored – as if she drifted, loosed from harbour, flowing here and there on the relentless arteries of tourism. Carried by crowds, lost in babel of foreign tongues she was caught in a glut of guttural Germans, or a juvenile crocodile of fluorescent French. Wandering, dazed, through San Marco she had reached the famous frontage of the Libreria Sansoviniana in the broglio. Nora fell through its portals in the manner of one stumbling into Casualty in search of much needed medical attention.  She did not want to act like a tourist, and felt a strong resistance to their number. The beauty that she saw everywhere almost made her believe in God; it certainly made her believe in Venice...." --from The Glassblower of Murano