The Politics of Washing

The Politics of Washing

Real Life in Venice

eBook - 2013
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This is the story of ordinary life in an extraordinary place. The beautiful city of Venice has been a fantasy land for people from around the globe for centuries, but what is it like to live there? To move house by boat, to get a child with a broken leg to hospital or set off for school one morning only to find that the streets have become rivers and the playground is a lake full of sewage? When Polly Coles and her family left England for Venice, they discovered a city caught between modern and ancient lifewhere the locals still go on an annual pilgrimage to give thanks for the end of the Black Death; where schools are housed in renaissance palaces and your new washing machine can only be delivered on foot. This is a city perilously under siege from tourism, but its people refuse to give it upindeed, they love it with a passion. The Politics of Washing is a fascinating window into the world of ordinary Venetians and the strange and unique place they call home.
Publisher: London : Robert Hale, 2013
ISBN: 9780719809958
0719809959
9780719809934
0719809932
Branch Call Number: Overdrive eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource

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Dec 19, 2016

Having visited Venice a few years ago, i was captivated by this book and its examination of everyday life there, a life no tourist can appreciate. It also offered much insight into how damaging tourism has been to the city's culture and heritage, where authenticity is now an 'endangered species."

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