Against Venice by Regis DebrayAgainst Venice by Regis Debray

Against Venice

byRegis DebrayTranslated byJohn Howe

Paperback | September 10, 2013

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Numerous writers have made declarations of love to cities, but Against Venice speaks not of love, but of dislike. It is a counterblast to intellectuals who regard Venice as the city where existentialism should be experienced, at parties in the palazzi of friends. Debray criticises this world in a refreshingly irreverent way, luring the traveller back to this seductive city.

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Régis Debray was born in 1941. He travelled widely in Latin America, and accepted a philosophy chair in Havana. He joined Che Guevara's guerrillas in Bolivia, was arrested in 1967 and spent three years in prison. Debray has written prolifically analysing the link between intellectuals, the media and the state.
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Title:Against VeniceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:80 pages, 6.43 × 4.7 × 0.32 inPublished:September 10, 2013Publisher:Steerforth PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:1908968885

ISBN - 13:9781908968883

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"In his trenchantly written polemic, Debray scorns the tone of elegaic mawkishness in accounts of Venice by the likes of Proust and Morand. His excoriating little pamphlet is a corrective to our self-consciously poetic vapourings about Venice." - Ian Thomson, Sunday Times"He can write brilliantly. Debray's mischievous polemic denounces not only the modern tourist but the so-called sophisticate for swooning over a Venice that is little more than a narcissistic reflection of the viewer's own pretensions. Debray is funny, hugely intelligent, immensely quotable and possibly quite insincere." - Nicholas Lezard, Guardian"Debray's diatribe is witty and elegant ... he fires off his fusillades with great panache, and I relish his unbuttoned aplomb." - Richard Cork, Modern Painters