Émile Zola, Money, translated, with a preface, by Ernest Alfred Vizetelly, Mondial, 2007.

The Paris of Napoleon III in 1867, on the eve of the Exposition Universelle, is frenetically active, deafened by the noise of the all the sites opened by the Prefect Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, who gutted the old city to remodel it as a modern metropolis of boulevards and shopping galleries. Here, as in London and New York in the same period, financial speculation was a simplified, extreme form of “the eternal desire that spurs people to struggle and live”. “A great dream, of making a hundred cents out of one”.

Joseph Heath and Andrew Potter, The Rebel Sell, Harper Collins, 2004.

This book is set to become a classic. The basic premise is that counterculture has taken the place of socialism and communism as the platform for political radicalism.

Michael Crichton, Prey, HarperCollins, 2002

More interesting than the narrative in itself are the details and setting, which is a modern corporation operating in the defence market. Its business is advanced research in the field of nanotechnology.

George A. Akerlof, An Economic Theorist's Book of Tales, Cambridge University Press, 1984

Submitted by pArticip8 on Mon, 10/29/2007 - 16:11. The 2001 Nobel Prize for economics went to George A. Akerlof, A. Michael Spence and Joseph E. Stiglitz “for their analyses of markets with information asymmetry”.

Hernando de Soto, The Mystery of Capital

Why Capitalism Triumphs in the West and Fails Everywhere Else, Basic Books, 2000. Why are some people rich and others poor? And more significantly why are some nations more prosperous than others? This is the great mystery of capitalism, an enigma that’s become even more dramatic since the fall of the Communist regime, when the market economy seemed to be the only remaining way to organize a modern economy.

John Berendt, The City of Falling Angels, Penguin, 2005.

Diary of impressions. The book opens with a tragic event that no lover of Venice will ever forget: the fire at the Fenice. Having arrived in Venice the evening before, John decided to pay homage to the city’s grief. A fire in Venice is no ordinary fire – it’s a permanent wound, it represents a risk, the death of a city perched on wooden piles in the waters of its canals. Its theatre is one of the most magical symbols of that risk.

Frederick Rolfe, alias Baron Corvo, The Desire and Pursuit of the Whole

A Romance of Modern Venice, written for the most part in 1909, was published in London in 1934. This posthumous publication was the merit of A.J.A. Symons, also author of The Quest of Corvo. An experiment in biography, 1934.

John Ruskin, Stones of Venice, 1851-1853; paperback, Cosimo Classics, 2007

Venice, 6th May 1841. Ruskin is 20, he has tuberculosis and is in Italy with his parents to cure himself. Thank God I’m here, he writes in his diary. Venice, for him, is a paradise among cities. His visceral love of the lagoon city is to last all his life. To the extent that Venice will become – for the English poet for Proust after him – the symbol of an aesthetic attitude, of political and religious leanings.


E’ la storia di un viaggio che, come spesso accade, diviene metafora di un Cambiamento, in questo caso non solo della protagonista, ma collettivo e coinvolge, o per meglio dire, stravolge  un mondo intero .Le singole vicissitudini si intrecciano, dunque, a quelle dell’Italia d'inizio '900, attraverso un ampio arco temporale, che passa per l’orrore delle 2 guerre e la fine di una società no
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