The Palace: A Novel by Lisa St. Aubin de TeranThe Palace: A Novel by Lisa St. Aubin de Teran

The Palace: A Novel

byLisa St. Aubin de Teran

Paperback | May 15, 2000

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One of today's most imaginative and lyrical writers, Lisa St. Aubin de Teran weaves together passion, idealism, and adventures in this mesmerizing fable set against the ornate backdrop of nineteenth-century Italy. The palace is the vision of Gabriele del Campo, a young, idealistic stonemason's apprentice imprisoned for supporting Garibaldi's revolutionary unification of Italy. A poor peasant, he has falen in love at first sight with the rich and beautiful noblewoman Donna Donatella. He yearns to be pulled out of poverty, and dreams of winning Donatellaa's heart and building a palaceworthy of his love.

As del Campo languishes in prison, he takes the first steps toward his dream. His cellmate Colonel Giovanni Vitelli, a nobleman, educates him in the customs of the gentry; meanwhile, in his mind elaborate plans for the palace's construction are already taking shape. Twice escaping execution, del Campo emerges from prison to find wealth as a fearless gambler in the corrupt underworld of Venice. Winning a large estate in Castello at a sinister high-stakes gambling house, Gabriele begins to build the palace of his dreams. At last he might win Donna Donatella's love.

Lisa St Aubin de Terán is the award-winning author of several novels and has also published a volume of poetry, a collection of short stories, and a memoir, The Hacienda, which was a New York Times Notable Book. She is the founder and managing director of the Teran Foundation, a charitable organization that works to establish schools ...
Title:The Palace: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.61 inPublished:May 15, 2000Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060956534

ISBN - 13:9780060956530


From Our Editors

Gabriele de Campo is in love with the beautiful noblewoman Donna Donatella. However, this love remains unfulfilled, because in 19th-century Venice, a peasant like de Campo cannot associate with a noblewoman. While in prison, de Campo befriends nobleman Colonel Giovanni Vitelli, who begins educating de Campo. After leaving prison, de Campo makes his fortune as a gambler and begins constructing a palace of his dreams. In The Palace, de Campo begins a long and obsessive journey to have Donatella join him and make his dreams come true.

Editorial Reviews

"An exotic and bewitching fable of ninetenth-century Venice from "a literary tiger."-- "The Times, " London